“Theory of Memory” by Louise Glück

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Long, long ago, before I was a tormented artist, afflicted with longing yet
incapable of forming durable attachments, long before this, I was a glorious
ruler uniting all of a divided country—so I was told by the fortune-teller
who examined my palm. Great things, she said, are ahead of you, or perhaps
behind you; it is difficult to be sure. And yet, she added, what is the difference?
Right now you are a child holding hands with a fortune-teller. All the
rest is hypothesis and dream.

“Theory of Memory” by Louise Glück, from Faithful and Virtuous Night. © Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.

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One Response to “Theory of Memory” by Louise Glück

  1. mhorvich says:

    I love love love this!

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