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Wisdom of the miniature

“To be miniature is to be swallowed by a miniature whale.”

This is wisdom I gleaned from experience. And when I say gleaned I mean picked up off the ground after the commercial harvesters had come through. This is wisdom nobody much wanted; I surely didn’t. Of course, much wisdom is things we never wanted to know. (Itself an additional piece of wisdom, again demonstrating how discouraging wisdom is.)

Kay Ryan, The Miniature, The Threepenny Review,  Spring 2016 (from here)

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Wisdom we never wanted to know

“To be miniature is to be swallowed by a miniature whale.”

This is wisdom I gleaned from experience. And when I say gleaned I mean picked up off the ground after the commercial harvesters had come through. This is wisdom nobody much wanted; I surely didn’t. Of course, much wisdom is things we never wanted to know. (Itself an additional piece of wisdom, again demonstrating how discouraging wisdom is.)

Kay Ryan On The Miniature,  The Threepenny Review (from here) 

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