Meanwhile in my head, I'm undergoing open-heart surgery. - Anne Sexton
96"White hedonism cut on blue
intelligence and laced
with silver anxiety. Bravo." - R.F. Langley, from The Ecstasy Inventories
88"The only identity I know is alone in the sigh’s
bright wilderness, with workings one can take apart
and still not understand." - Jennifer Militello, from Living Where The Halyards Can Be Heard
185"But the present is
not sufficiently distant for observation." - Gordon Hadfield, from Via Soma
131"Bookcases aren’t reassuring, love.
Literature is too exciting, enmeshes you in its concerns
and irregular verbs, half-lost in personal sundry items." - Heather Phillipson, from An Encounter In The New Language

If good is the all-enduring
that carries you
to the future,

evil is the present’s
animal magnetism.

" - Rae Armantrout, from Homer

Your love is your curse.

This black fact’s yours.

" - Ashley Anna McHugh, from Of This Burning Heart

I stared at the back of her head waiting for what she would say.
Her answer would clear this up.

But she just laughed a strange laugh with ropes all over it.

" - Anne Carson, from The Glass Essay

It is a two-way traffic,

the language of the unsaid.

" - Anne Carson, from The Glass Essay
460"By now I was so cold
it felt like burning." - Anne Carson, from The Glass Essay
251"Who in a nightmare
can help himself?" - Anne Carson, from The Fall Of Rome: A Traveller’s Guide
114"The sun
roaring in my head." - Rhian Gallagher, from Shift: Sea Change
239"I was so bored yesterday evening
two packs of cigarettes did absolutely nothing for me.
Tried to write, wrote nothing.
For the first time in years I played the violin,
walked around,
watched people play backgammon
and made appropriate comments,
sang songs off key,
caught flies — a matchboxful.
Finally, dammit!
I came here to see you…" - Orhan Veli Kanik, from The Visitor
397"You want to believe
you can turn emotion’s flood
into living waters
from which you’ll emerge whole,
dazzling like the sun." - Rachel Barenblat, from Standing At The Edge
652"Cut me open and the light streams out.
Stitch me up and the light keeps streaming out between
the stitches." - Richard Siken, from The Dislocated Room
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