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Written by Adrienne Rich   

First having read the book of myths,

and loaded the camera,
and checked the edge of the knife-blade

And now: it is easy to forget
what I came for
among so many who have always
lived here...

the thing I came for:
the wreck and not the story of the wreck
the thing itself and not the myth
the drowned face always staring
toward the sun
the evidence of damage
worn by salt and away into this threadbare beauty
the ribs of the disaster
curving their assertion
among the tentative haunters.

We are, I am, you are
by cowardice or courage
the one who find our way
back to this scene
carrying a knife, a camera
a book of myths
in which
our names do not appear." 
- Adrienne Rich, Diving Into the Wreck

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