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The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
His cry went on through the final image: the spots of raw bright blood on the earth. Blood on the excrement. The supreme moment, high above the desert, when the two elements, blood and excrement, long kept apart, merge. A black star appears, a point of darkness in the night sky's clarity. Point of darkness and gateway to repose. Reach out and pierce the fine fabric of the sheltering sky, take repose.

Paul Bowles
About the Author

The Authorized Paul Bowles web site
New York Times Obituary
Online Exhibition and Internet Source Page
A Visit With Paul Bowles
Remembering Paul Bowles

Cross-References

Paul Bowles was the home guru for the many writers who visited and lived in Morocco, including William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac