October 25, 2011
"the world is brittle,
seamed with cracks,
ready to shatter."

— Denise Levertov, from “The Passing Bell”

October 24, 2011
anticipatedstranger:

Marianne Moore, Poems, from The Egoist Press, 1921.

anticipatedstranger:

Marianne Moore, Poems, from The Egoist Press, 1921.

October 23, 2011
"Those
various sounds consistently indistinct, like intermingled echoes
   struck from thin glass successively at random—"

— Marianne Moore, from “Those Various Scalpels”

October 23, 2011
"stories run through my body
and purr in my lap…"

— Gabriela Mistral, “The Storyteller”

October 18, 2011
"Do not move forward, do not move
a finger. Waiting is perfection, a rapture
of your own devising, these shallow breaths
taken out of time, before the sinking in
of things, before the body ruins everything."

— Kimberly Johnson, from “The Kiss”

October 18, 2011
anticipatedstranger:

Ezra Pound Selected Poems book cover by Alvin Lustig via Scott Lindberg on Flickr.

anticipatedstranger:

Ezra Pound Selected Poems book cover by Alvin Lustig via Scott Lindberg on Flickr.

October 17, 2011
"This luminosity does not negate reason or any rational sense. It simply exists. I am not ‘right,’ rather I had an internal experience, a state of awareness. A kind of poetic sensibility open to the world, to everything—grand and small."

— Anna Kamienska, from The Notebook: 1965-72 in Astonishments, trans. Curzon and Drabik (via proustitute)

October 16, 2011
"Carried by light,
images remain

while sensation
is so evanescent

as to be always beyond
belief."

— Rae Armantrout, from “Outer”

October 16, 2011
"how many moments must(amazing each
how many centuries)these more than eyes
restroll and stroll some never deepening beach"

— e.e. cummings, “how many moments must”

October 11, 2011
"Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree
If mankind perished utterly;

And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone."

— Sara Teasdale, from “There Will Come Soft Rains (War Time)”

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