"And the days are not full enough
And the nights are not full enough
And life slips by like a field mouse
Not shaking the grass."
— Ezra Pound (via tothecatcher)
All our fevered history won’t instill insight,
won’t turn a body conscious,
won’t make that look
in the eyes say yes, though there is nothing
even as each moment is an answer.
— From a poem in Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, reviewed at The Rumpus by Shaelyn Smith. (via therumpus)
"My students at San Quentin [used] fiction as a way of diving into the psyche. I think that that’s the idea of a penitentiary. The prisoner was supposed to be penitent. He looked into his soul and he gave a kind of penance for his crime."
— Joyce Carol Oates On Teaching Writing To Prisoners (via huffpostbooks)
"Have enough courage to trust love one more time. And always one more time."
— Maya Angelou (via borrowingbones)
(Source: larmoyante, via brouhahamagazine)
Should never be offered to the mouth of a stranger,
Only to someone who has the valor and daring
To cut pieces of their soul off with a knife
Then weave them into a blanket
To protect you."
— Hafez (via tout-baigne)