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Image—Text—Music: Shi Tao, John Clare, The Magnetic Fields, 03.30.15

Shi Tao (石濤), a page from the album Returning Home 歸棹, ca. 1695

Shi Tao (石濤), a page from the album Returning Home 歸棹, ca. 1695

“I feel I am…,” by John Clare

I feel I am, I only know I am,

And plod upon the earth as dull and void:

Earth’s prison chilled my body with its dram

Of dullness, and my soaring thoughts destroyed.

I fled to solitudes from passion’s dream,

But strife pursued—I only know I am.

I was a being created in the race

Of men, disdaining bounds of place and time,

A spirit that could travel o’er the space

Of earth and heaven, like a thought sublime—

Tracing creation, like my Maker free,–

A soul unshackled—like eternity:

Spurning earth’s vain and soul debasing thrall—

But now I only I am,–that’s all.

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The Magnetic Fields, “I Was Born”

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