Crazy Eyes' Quote Or Famous Poem? Can You Tell?

One of the most heartbreaking moments in the viral Netflix hit Orange Is The New Black is when Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren, after helping Piper Chapman into her bed, furtively asks her why she has the nickname Crazy Eyes. It is a sad glimpse into the next scene, where Piper's fiancé Larry eviscerates Crazy Eyes on the radio, but is also a peek into the intuitive innocence of the show's most explosive character. A bit like a King Lear's Fool (except, you know, in jail), Crazy Eyes is part poet, part chorus, and a manic voice that tells the truth — even though it's embedded in her trademarked crazy eyes. (Look: She threw her pie for you. That makes you her wife. It's pretty irrefutable.)
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Yet, as the show goes on, her stilted way of talking and bombastic rants do more than provide a bit of comic relief. They almost turn into some sort of modern poetry in and of themselves. So, we tried a little test: Is this a Crazy Eyes quote or a part of a famous modernist poem? Can you guess the difference? (Or, perhaps, are they the same thing?)
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"They tie me down like a balloon, so I don't fly away."

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"Before I met you
the sun was like a yellow grape.
But now, it looks like fire in the sky.
Why? Because you light a fire inside me."
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"Giving it away, not giving it away, is there any difference? Giving it away. Not giving it away."
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"Tender Buttons" by Gertrude Stein

"You common cry of curs! whose breath I hate
As reek o' the rotten fens, whose loves I prize
As the dead carcasses of unburied men
That do corrupt my air, I banish you."
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"Yours is the light by which my spirit's born: You are my sun, my moon, and all my stars."
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"Silently If, Out of Not Knowable" by e.e. cummings

"Pretend the dirt is the feelings.
This floor is my mind.
That is called coping."
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"Now mind is clear
as a cloudless sky.
Time then to make a
home in wilderness."
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"A Desolation" by Allan Ginsberg

"I used to spend a lot of time
thinking how I could make you love me.
Like, if I had long pretty hair
or if I made a chocolate cake with frosting
or if I had a cool bicycle."
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"I got feelings. Love feelings."
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