“This tremendous world I have inside of me. How to free myself, and this world, without tearing myself to pieces. And rather tear myself to a thousand pieces than be buried with this world within me.” ― Franz Kafka
1. Sylvia Plath | 2. Anne Magill | 3. Franz Kafka | 4. Cathy Hegman | 5. Haruki Murakami | 6. Hope Gangloff | 7. Franz Kafka | 8,9. Sylvia Plath | 10. Cathy Hegman | 11. F. Scott Fitzgerald | 12. Cathy Hegman | 13. Haruki Murakami
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“И слезы ей — вода, и кровь —
Вода, — в крови, в слезах умылася!
Не мать, а мачеха — Любовь:
Не ждите ни суда, ни милости.”
Yesterday he still looked in my eyes (Вчера еще в глаза глядел), Marina Tsvetaeva
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When you stand in front of me and look at me, what do you know of the griefs that are in me and what do I know of yours?
— Franz Kafka, from a letter to Oskar Pollak, November 8, 1903
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hii can u recommend some poetry books/poems about love? mainly ones talking about the simplicity and softness of it :)
a madman who does not love me | Maisoon Saqr
I long for your hands,
two doves that shade the blaze of my longing.
Do you too miss me, or do you not remember
the particulars of my voice?
the quiet world | Jeffrey McDaniel
When she doesn’t respond,
I know she’s used up all her words,
so I slowly whisper I love you
thirty-two and a third times.
After that, we just sit on the line
and listen to each other breathe.
come, and be my baby | Maya Angelou
The paper is full of every kind of blooming horror
And you sit wondering
What you’re gonna do.
I got it.
Come. And be my baby.
awake with me all night | Adonis
Awake with me all night she whispers,
“You are my angel. Beneath your skin an angel hides.
Let’s plunge into the deep again, my love,
and leave to others the height and breadth of all the kingdoms of the air.”
[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in] | e. e. cummings
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
here I love you | Pablo Neruda
The biggest stars look at me with your eyes.
And as I love you, the pines in the wind
want to sing your name with their leaves of wire.
poem I wrote sitting across the table from you | Kevin Varrone
if I had two nickels to rub together
I would rub them together
like a kid rubs sticks together
until friction made combustion
the more loving one | W. H. Auden
How should we like it were stars to burn
With a passion for us we could not return?
If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving one be me.
letter to the past after long silence | Sarah Murphy
I am climbing memory’s slippery rungs.
Listen, my hands are cold. Oh, I know
it is over, stilled. Still, you filled my lungs
extinguish my eyes ... | Rainer Maria Rilke
Extinguish my eyes, I'll go on seeing you.
Seal my ears, I'll go on hearing you.
And without feet I can make my way to you,
without a mouth I can swear your name.
don't go far off, not even for a day | Pablo Neruda
Don't go far off, not even for a day, because --
because -- I don't know how to say it: a day is long
and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station
when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep.
before you came | Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Before you came,
things were as they should be:
the sky was the dead-end of sight,
the road was just a road, wine merely wine.
the wait | Richard Brautigan
was worth it.
variations on the word love | Margaret Atwood
but the word love, you can
rub it all over your body and you
can cook with it too.
to my dear and loving husband | Anne Bradstreet
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee.
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Twelve Turns by Lane Falcon
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Twelve Turns by Lane Falcon
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Twelve Turns by Lane Falcon
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The Quiet World by Jeffrey McDaniels
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"Nostos," by Louise Glück
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i want to start reading, where should I begin ? :)
First and foremost, just know that it's going to change your life and your relationship with it.
Secondly, do not feel feel uneasy or discouraged if your first shot at it doesn't make you fall in love with reading. It will only mean that you haven't found your book yet.
If I were in your shoes, I wouldn't take a long classic (*cough* russian literature *cough*) as a first stepping stone.
Instead, try one of these:
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (if this one doesn't make you fall head over heels with reading ... *** also, don't worry if you haven't read "The Iliad", Madeline Miller takes your hand and patiently walks you through every room, giving backstories for every character.)
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (I'm aware that this is a thick one, but trust me, you'll fly through the pages. To me, it was quite fast-pace, yet had the right amount of depth to keep you emotionally invested. Are some aspects of this book problematic? Yup. Is it a textbook example of eurocentrism? Yes. But still I think it's worth reading.)
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (no words, love, no words)
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (simply the sweetest book I've ever had the honor to read)
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (reading this book smells like cinnamon buns and hot chocolate (or warm coffee)
Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi (filled with contemporary references, feels like that moment when you've slipped on something and are waiting for the fall *which isn't coming** and smells like early 20s struggles)
The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura (very strange, yet absolutely captivating)
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (okay, hear me out. I'm not just recommending this because I am biased and Kafka is the love of my life. I DO really think that this book is peculiarly interesting enough to keep you engaged and impactful enough to make you read Kafka's other works)
The Secret History by Donna Tartt (it's either love or hate with this one)
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong ( Am I recommending this book because I am Tateve Simonyan and they are Ocean Vuong? Yes. Is it one of (if not the) most beautiful accumulation of words you'll ever read? Yes.)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (I read this one at the age of 14 and remember not being able to put it down. Additionally, it's filled with wonderful music recommendations.)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (need I say more?)
Perhaps you'd better start with short stories?
Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
People From My Neighbourhood by Hiromi Kawakami
Where the Wild Ladies Are by Aoko Matsuda
Or maybe you'd like some poetry books?
Crush by Richard Siken
War of the Foxes by Richard Siken
Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky
If I Don't Know by Wendy Cope
Now, buckle up, love, cuz you're in for a wild ride 🌼
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hi! do you know some poems about loneliness?
Someday I'll Love Ocean Vuong | Ocean Vuong
Ocean. Ocean — get up. The most beautiful part of your body, is where it's headed.
& remember, loneliness is still time spent with the world.
I Am Much Too Alone in This World, Yet Not Alone | Rainer Maria Rilke
I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone
enough to truly consecrate the hour.
The Fly | Shinkichi Takahashi
I was reading a book.
On a page of the opened book
a single fly
cast a shadow of loneliness without realizing it.
The Leash | Ada Limón
Perhaps we are always hurtling our body towards
the thing that will obliterate us,
The Crunch | Charles Bukowski
there is a loneliness in this world so great
that you can see it in the slow movement of
the hands of a clock.
Loneliness | Fanny Howe
Loneliness is not an accident or a choice.
It’s an uninvited and uncreated companion.
It slips in beside you when you are not aware that a
choice you are making will have consequences.
I hide myself within my flower | Emily Dickinson
I hide myself within my flower,
That fading from your Vase—
You—unsuspecting—feel for me—
Loneliness | Mary Oliver
I too have known loneliness.
I too have known what it is to feel
rejected, and suddenly
not at all beautiful.
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud | William Wordsworth
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
The Glass Essay | Anne Carson
Astonished light is washing over the moor from north to east.
I am walking into the light.
One way to put off loneliness is to interpose God.
Bluets | Maggie Nelson (In my mind's eye this is a book of poetry)
I have been trying, for some time now, to find dignity in my loneliness.
Parable of the Unclean Spirit | Sara Eliza Johnson
You can’t remember what they did to you. Your loneliness isn’t welcome here, you know, but still you walk the dream-lit village, looking for someone gentle enough.
Loneliness | Anna Akhmatova
So many stones are thrown at me,
They no longer scare.
Journal, Day Three | Richard Siken
You can be as sad as you need to be says the mother but you must know what kind of sad you are. Are you sad-lonely, sad-desperate, sad-lacking-in-faith?
Loneliness | Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Blow out the candles, let the wine and cup flow
Close and lock your sleepless doors
No one, no one will come here now.
Loneliness | Katherine Mansfield
Now it is Loneliness who comes at night
Instead of Sleep, to sit beside my bed.
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Hello, I really like your account :)
Can you share your Goodreads account ?
Thank you 🌼
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“My father couldn’t warm my frozen hands.”
― Tahereh Mafi
1.Ocean Vuong | 2.Adam Custins | 3.Simone de Beauvoir | 4.Adam Custins | 5.Ocean Vuong | 6.Adam Custins | 7.Sigmund Freud | 8.Adam Custins | 9.Victoria Chang | 10.Anne Magill | 11.Catherine Lacey
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this lesbian love note in a thrifted book has overcome me like it really is all about love it has always been and will always be
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and finally.. to the boys, I love you so much, and I couldn’t be prouder of everything we achieved together. Here’s to ten— harry styles
i look back incredibly proud. Thanks for everything lads— louis tomlinson
It’s such a major part of our lives and always will be. Cheers to US today boys— niall horan
thanks to everyone that’s supported us over the years and thanks to the boys for sharing this with me— liam payne
I love the fact I grew up wanting a brother and now I have four love u boys man :)— zayn malik
HAPPY ELEVEN YEARS TO THEM
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Happy 11th year anniversary of One Direction!
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When did I become I and the body? When did the two of us separate? ~ Adit Nagrath
1. Warsan Shire | 2. Maïté Grandjouan | 3. Porochista Khakpour | 4. Maïté Grandjouan | 5. Rainer Maria Rilke | 6. Holly Warburton | 7. Ocean Vuong | 8. Hollis Brown Thornton | 9. Ocean Vuong | 10. Laurie Halse Anderson | 11. Hollis Brown Thornton | 12. Richard Siken
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Ugly, Warsan Shire
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“No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark”
1. Hermann Hesse | 2. Christine Wu | 3. Warsan Shire | 4. Bethany Zwag | 5. E. E. Cummings | 6. Wakamatsucho 若松町 | 7. Clementine von Radic | 8. Christine Wu | 9. Maya Angelou | 10. Alexander Harding | 11. James Baldwin | 12. Christine Wu | 13. Warsan Shire
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