"Axiom: you are a sea.
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
"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)
"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.
"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)