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Date: 2001

"in you the in moon / its rays entwined in my mind's / hair hangs down right in"

— Hollo, Anselm (b. 1934)

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Date: 2001

"And the sweet fragrance wafting up from the walled garden, the waxing moon already in the sky above the rooftops, the sound of church bells ringing down in the city, and the yellow façade of the tailor's house with its green balcony where Moravec, who as Vera told me had died long ago, frequentl...

— Sebald, W. G. (1944-2001)

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Date: 2001

"It is as substantial or insubstantial as the shadow of a house, in which some things will grow, some not."

— Richardson, James (b. 1950)

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Date: 2007

"When a human embryo is seven weeks old, / the brain shines through its forehead, a cloud / of light, belly-deep and breathing, / the whole, luminous mass cabled and alone."

— Witt, Sam (b. 1970)

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Date: 2008

"In a sense, the mind works like a flashlight: When you point a flashlight at an object in a dark room, that object emerges from the darkness, as if coming into existence."

— Somov, Pavel G.

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Date: March 31, 2009

"As smart as we are, in this sense we are all dim bulbs."

— Aamodt, Sandra; Wang, Sam

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Date: February 1, 2010

"Burn the body down / And, with it, out goes the pilot / Blue light of the mind."

— Cruz, Cynthia

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Date: May 27, 2010

"When you direct your mental spotlight to the basketball passes, it leaves the rest of the world in darkness."

— Bloom, Paul (b. 1963)

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Date: October 31, 2011

"And then there were the experiments, each one a snapshot into the dark box of the brain."

— Carey, Benedict (b. 1960)

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Date: May 7, 2012

"If you're anything like me, you probably spend the majority of your time either second-guessing the past or dreading the future, neither of which actually exists; having to navigate those teeming streets narrows the beam of my consciousness to the laser's width of the instant I actually inhabit."

— Kreider, Tim (b. 1967)

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.