Excerpt from “Question” by May Swenson

Excerpt from “Question” by May Swenson

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"Absence is a house so vast
that inside you will pass through its walls
and hang pictures on the air."

— Pablo Neruda, excerpt from “Sonnet XCIV” (via larmoyante)

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"My body
writes into your flesh
the poem
you make of me.

Touching you
I catch midnight
as moon fires
set
in my throat."

— Audre Lorde, from Recreation (via violentwavesofemotion)

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(As If a river should carry all / the scenes that it had once reflected / shut in its waters, and not floating / on momentary surfaces.)
From Elizabeth Bishop’s poem "The Weed."

(As If a river should carry all / the scenes that it had once reflected / shut in its waters, and not floating / on momentary surfaces.)

From Elizabeth Bishop’s poem "The Weed."

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"I know there is no straight road
No straight road in this world
Only a giant labyrinth
Of intersecting crossroads"

— Federico García Lorca (via noir-couplet)

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"I think of ‘poet’ as an identity, because it’s not like you choose it. If you’re any kind of a writer, you do it because you can’t help but do it."

— Jericho Brown, interviewed by Kendra DeColo for Nashville Review (via bostonpoetryslam)

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"I know there is no straight road
No straight road in this world
Only a giant labyrinth
Of intersecting crossroads"

— Federico García Lorca (via noir-couplet)

(via noir-couplet)

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"Auden said a poem should be more interesting than anything that might be said about it. If you take the theme out of a poem and talk about that theme, there should still be some residual being left in the poem that goes on ticking, something like, why not say it, color, something that has an effect on your central nervous system. It is not what a poem says with its mouth, it’s what a poem does with its eyes."

— Mary Ruefle, from Madness, Rack, and Honey (via bostonpoetryslam)

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From The Quotable Writer, edited by Lamar Underwood. Lyons Press: 2004.

From The Quotable Writer, edited by Lamar Underwood. Lyons Press: 2004.

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