do you ever read something so well written it’s mind numbing at how beautiful words can be. And when you connect with them it’s like you can feel the warmth coming off the page
"And the night smells like snow.
Walking home for a moment
you almost believe you could start again.
And an intense love rushes to your heart,
and hope. It’s unendurable, unendurable."
Franz Wright, closing lines to “Night Walk” from God’s Silence
"I think about dying but I dont want to die. Not even close. In fact my problem is the complete opposite. I want to live, I want to escape. I feel trapped and bored and claustrophobic. There’s so much to see and so much to do but I somehow still find myself doing nothing at all. I’m still here in this metaphorical bubble of existence and I can’t quite figure out what the hell I’m doing or how to get out of it."
"…and I want
to live my life all over again, to begin again,
to be utterly
Mary Oliver, from A Meeting
"And when I read, God… the distilled intensities of poet after poet, I feel stifled, weak, pallid; mealy mouthed and utterly absurd."
Sylvia Plath, Summer 1951, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
"I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours."
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
"Here is the handful
of shadow I have brought back to you:
this decay, this hope, this mouthful
of dirt, this poetry."
Margaret Atwood, “Mushrooms,” from Notes Towards a Poem That Can Never Be Written
"The urge to destroy is also a creative urge."
"I don’t know if it’s more important to have just shows and exhibitions and have the black artists included in just exhibitions, you see. What I would prefer to have, and I think it may be more important, and maybe I’m not making myself clear, I would like to see a black critic on a major newspaper like many of the other critics."