Henry Green wrote, "Prose should be a long intimacy between strangers with no direct appeal to what both may have known. It should slowly appeal to feelings unexpressed, it should in the end draw tears out of the stone."
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." Albert Einstein
"A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the
portals of discovery." James Joyce
Gustave Flaubert said, "Language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to while all the time we long to move the stars to pity."
"The blues — the sound of a sinner on revival day." JC Handy I have a poem matriculating in my head so I can't tell you that I love you because at this moment the poem insists on fidelity.
Rilke wrote: "Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue [...] Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers."
"It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between." Dianna Ackerman
"Cynicism is often the shamefaced product of inexperience." A. J. Liebling
Autumn In St. James
A Pageantry of leaves Billow from the trees Into a cemetery, Collecting at the Base of tombstones, Like clothes left at A Salvation Army bin.
"The sunset was Like a freshly bombed Third world country."
The vines Like gold And ruby necklaces Hang from The leafless tree Until harried By the debt collectors Of November Who threaten frost With each passing day.
"Poetry is one of the most fugitive arts: it can be assigned to memory, taken and hidden in the mind, smuggled into smoky cabin back rooms, recited there and then conveyed only by speech to another person. It is therefore the most likely to survive colonization." Eavan Boland
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