"Clocks and carpets and chairs / On the lawn all day, / And brightest things that are theirs… . / Ah, no; the years, the years / Down their carved names the rain-drop ploughs."
From Thomas Hardy’s poem “During Wind and Rain.”

"Clocks and carpets and chairs / On the lawn all day, / And brightest things that are theirs… . / Ah, no; the years, the years / Down their carved names the rain-drop ploughs."

From Thomas Hardy’s poem “During Wind and Rain.”

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"Axiom: you are a sea.
Your eye-
lids curve over chaos

My hands, where they touch you, create
small inhabited islands

Soon you will be
all earth: a known
land, a country."

Margaret Atwood, “Axiom,” from The Animals in that Country
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"I want to laugh so that later I can get angry like I need to get. I want to make and think something funny and tender and kind so that I recognize the opposite when it comes for me, so that I can say ‘No’ to a corporation, so that I cannot buy what someone means to sell me. Poetry is so high stakes. Humor is wholly tied up in those stakes for me."

— Wendy Xu, interviewed by Ben Seanor for Front Porch Journal (via bostonpoetryslam)

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"Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings"

William Wordswoth, 1770-1850

Jon Stallworthy argues that no area of human experience has generated a wider range of powerful feelings than war.

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"Nor was he insincere in saying, ‘Make my house your inn.’ / Inns are not residences."
Excerpt from Marianne Moore’s poem “Silence.”

"Nor was he insincere in saying, ‘Make my house your inn.’ / Inns are not residences."

Excerpt from Marianne Moore’s poem “Silence.”

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"The Dream Keeper" by Langston Hughes Bring me all of your dreams, You dreamer, Bring me all your Heart melodies That I may wrap them In a blue cloud-cloth Away from the too-rough fingers Of the world.

vintageanchorbooks:

"The Dream Keeper" by Langston Hughes

Bring me all of your dreams,
You dreamer,
Bring me all your
Heart melodies
That I may wrap them
In a blue cloud-cloth
Away from the too-rough fingers
Of the world.

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"I think I made you up inside my head."
—Sylvia Plath

"I think I made you up inside my head."

—Sylvia Plath

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Robert Frost
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"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)

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"

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

to solve

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)

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