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finita--la--commedia · a year ago
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I don't want to be happy. I want to have you by my side. To have you by my sadness and my depression. To have you. Your love. Your care. That is much much precious than happiness. I am a nothing and a no one. But I am everything in your hands. So hold me.
Mohammed Zarir, from a letter to T.M. (2020)
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antigonick · 3 years ago
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If I read a book [and] it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?
Emily Dickinson in a letter to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, in The Letters of Emily Dickinson
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finita--la--commedia · 2 years ago
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-- Kahlil Gibran (1883 – 1931), in a letter to Mary Elizabeth Haskell (1873-1964), November 10, 1912 in “Beloved prophet; the love letters of Kahlil Gibran and Mary Haskell and her private journal“
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prokopetz · a year ago
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It always gets me when self-appointed literary authorities claim that epistolary fiction has no place in contemporary popular culture. Like, what the hell do you think journalfic is? Fake Twitter threads? The fucking SCP Foundation wiki?
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lifeinpoetry · a year ago
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…I feel a stupefying pressure under my skin…. I want to pierce everything and penetrate as far down as possible. I want to reach the depths of the earth. My love is there, in the place where seeds grow green and roots reach one another, and creation perpetuates itself amidst decay. It’s as if my body were a temporary and transient form of it. I want to reach its source. I want to hang my heart like a ripened fruit on all the branches of the trees.
Forugh Farrokhzad, from letter to Ebrahim Golestan, Another Birth and Other Poems, tr. Hasan Javadi & Susan Sallée
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antigonick · 7 months ago
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Please kiss whatever part of you you can reach for me.
John Cage, in a Letter to Merce Cunningham [postmarked August 17, 1944, New York], in John Cage’s Selected Letters
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finita--la--commedia · 2 years ago
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–  Jean-Paul Sartre in a letter to Simone Jollivet (before April, 1926)
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finita-la-commedia · 3 years ago
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But that alone, my speaking, is not even the point; I wanted to be silent with you too.
Paul Celan, in a letter to Ingeborg Bachmann (Paris, 31 October 1957)  
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lifeinpoetry · a year ago
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…I have always tried to be like a closed door, so that no one would see and get to know my frightful inner life…. I have tried to be a human being, and at the same time be a living presence within myself…. We can trample a certain feeling underfoot, but we cannot deny having it at all.
Forugh Farrokhzad, from letter to Ebrahim Golestan, Another Birth and Other Poems, tr. Hasan Javadi & Susan Sallée
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o0o-chibaken-o0o · 3 years ago
Could you tell me some drarry fics where Draco and Harry write letters to each other anonymously
Hello, hello!!! The @hpcommentathon is happening now, so I want to broaden this list to include ALL letter-writing as well as chatting/texting fics :D. Hopefully these recs will help you fill one of your categories!! And if you’re seeing this after the comment-a-thon is over, leave these brilliant writers some feedback anyway
Epistolary Drarry (letters)
Lettered (8K), Lush Life (19.5K), & Home Again, Home Again (22K) by pir8fancier- Harry has a secret penpal, whose identity is as plain as the nose on his face. Except he’s not wearing his glasses.I’ve only just realized today that the last work in this series exists, and I’m in a panic because I must MUST read it— the first two are amazing and perfect and they have EVERYTHING. Be aware that the sequel(s) are very different from Lettered because they take place years later, but Lush Life (and probs the other one too!!) is JUST AS BRILLIANT as Lettered, which you will definitely fall in love with!!!!
Catch 22 by jad (50K)- As if NEWTS weren’t enough, Dumbledore’s gone and had another one of his ‘bright ideas.’ If all ends well, the Houses will be getting along in no time. Or according to Harry’s correspondent, an Apocalypse will be in order.Okay THIS FIC THO. It’s exactly what anon is looking for, because they are writing proper anonymous letters back and forth, trying to guess each others’ identities, and it’s an amazing read! With a very dramatic reveal :D
Dear Diary by AWickedMemory (20.5K)- // This can’t possibly go worse than the last time I kept a diary. //After the war, Harry picks up a journal to write in… and it writes back. Luckily, it’s not a Horcrux on the other end this time.OOOOOH this one is just so delicious because Harry is asking his “anonymous pen pal” what he should do about his crush on DRACO MALFOY and that is a recipe for amazingness if I ever saw one.
#switching #owling #bumping into each other by @queenofthyme (~2K)- No summary because this one’s actually a drabble here on tumblr (although you will soon be able to find it as part of qot’s drabble collection on AO3!), but I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH and I thought of it immediately, so I couldn’t not include it! It’s beautiful and there may or may not be POETRY from one of the boys to the other!!!
I identify my star sign by asking which is least compatible with yours by Ingi (13K)- In Eighth year, Harry Potter’s new term resolution was not getting into fights with Draco Malfoy.It lasted exactly a month and two days.This is a wonderful, cute little fic with a ton of attractions!!! It seems like I’m always asking myself which fic this or that element is from, and somehow the bits I remember have turned out to be from this fic multiple times. Idk how it’s possible, but I do know you’ll enjoy it greatly
A Fluffy Little Olive Branch by @julietsemophase (5K)- Harry comes into work one day to find a box with a baby owl inside sitting on his desk, and a note from a mystery well-wisher.Just… really cute!!! ADORABLE, even. And very… fluffy *wink wink wink* (I’m hilarious shh). Featuring a very thoughtful, pining Draco and a sweet baby owl
Dear Enemy by @gingertodgers (69K)- An anonymous benefactor makes a generous donation to Harry Potter’s School for Squibs in exchange for a weekly letter from the Boy Who Lived.What begins as a chore soon becomes the only outlet Harry has to talk about the war, love, life, hope, redemption, his renewed obsession with a certain blonde nemesis and how he really, honestly, believes that this will be the year Puddlemere United reclaim the Quidditch League Cup.Okay, so my friends on the Drarry discord just told me today about this fic and about how everyone who reads it is obsessed, and I just (accidentally) read the first chapter and am already HOOKED so they were not lying!! 100% sure we will all adore it
On Our Way by Dynamic (30K)- Draco is trying to spend the summer keeping his head down, but a repair project and a certain snowy owl have other plans for him.This is an absolutely LOVELY, very touching!, not quite eighth yeah year fic that features DRACO FINDING AN OWL WHO IS HEDWIG’S CHILD AND TRYING TO GIVE HER TO HARRY WHO NEVER WANTS ANOTHER OWL!!!! Literally, how perfect???
And an Owl Named Romeo by Rickey (26.5K)- Draco breeds owls, Harry’s an Auror, and an owl named Romeo is going to bring them together.I’m noticing that a lot of these fics revolve around owls, which is amazing because I ADORE reading about them, but I must say this might possibly be my favorite Drarry owl fic!!! Harry buys an owl from Draco, then needs lots and lots of advice
Better Than an Origami Bird by @jadepresley and yours truly @o0o-chibaken-o0o (3.5K)- A series of letters in which Harry and Draco argue, play truth or dare, get kinky, and are a couple of very naughty (or very good, depending on who you ask) boys during class.This fic was literally the most fun thing ever to write, because @jadepresley and I got into a contest to see who could make the other one blush more — so if you want some very kinky epistolary smut, you will not be disappointed (hopefully!)
Starfall by Lomonaaeren (196.5K)- When the truth about a seemingly minor Dark hex Harry has suffered leads to the dissolution of his marriage with Ginny, Harry spins into a downward spiral. His private consolation is creating a fantasy life for himself in his journal as Ethan Starfall, a normal wizard with a big family. When he receives a random owl Draco Malfoy has cast into the void as a plea for help with his son Scorpius, Harry replies—as Ethan. There’s no reason, he thinks, for an epistolary friendship with Draco to go further. But Draco might have different ideas about that.This is obviously a HUGE fic full of angst and many many issues and plot devices besides letter-writing—but since the letters are pretty central to the plot, I’m including it here! This fic is a crazy ride, and you will get so invested. Great if you’re looking to read something longer :)
Chat/Texting Fics
Real Texts by @affectiionwrites and @jadepresley (2K)- Kingsley has decided all his Aurors need muggle mobile phones. Draco has finally learned how to use his, and gets a hold of Harry’s number.Drarry textiiiiing!!! And they’re so funny about it! WITH PICTURES!!! I adored the mop, and if you want to know what that means, you’ll just have to read it ;D
Howlr by @partialtopotter​ (15.5K)- Howlr is the new dating application enchanting Witches, Wizards and Everyone in between. Are you looking for the one or a one-night stand; it’s all here folks. Howlr is sponsored by Weasley Wizard Wheezes, the same team that brought us the Spellular just two years ago. Ginny Weasley, famed chaser for the Hollyhead Harpies, swears by the app, ‘guaranteed to make sparks fly,’ she says. The magic awaits you!This is actually another one I haven’t gotten to read yet, but I had to include it because I hear people gushing about it every time a new chapter is released and I am SO looking forward to reading it! Based on this amazing post
Must Love Quidditch by dracosoftie (103.5K)- Through a series of emails from an online dating site, Harry thinks he’s found his perfect match. Will the bond they’ve forged survive after their identities are revealed? This fic is a classic, and a great one for if you’re looking for a longer fic! Dating sites are just the best!!! RIGHT?? And there are some courting rituals in here that I greatly enjoyed as well ;D
Blind Date by JosephineStone (8.5K)- Draco’s been working with Harry for years when another one of his relationships goes stale. He has to be married within a year, and though the WizNet has burned him in the past, Draco finds a new possibility in man as desperate to marry as he is. Only then for Harry to see his last chance with Draco slipping away, and he refuses to let Draco ignore his advances any longer.Another dating site fic!!!! These always have me W E A K!!! And this one is especially amazing because in addition to chatting online, they work together toooooo
Group Chat by @jadepresley​ (2K)- A screenshot of a group chat conversation between Draco, Harry, Ron, Pansy, Hermione and Theo.Okay I know there are three fics by Jade on this list, but I swear I’m not (only) trying to seduce her; she’s actually just AMAZING at this format and you have to read them all because uhkdskjsaaslkdj!!! This is one of the funniest short fics I’ve ever read, NO LIE
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finita--la--commedia · 2 years ago
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I adore the texture of your mind
Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) in a letter to Brigid Brophy (1960)  
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depoesiaypoetas · a year ago
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Te amaré como un ladrón ama una galería y como un cuervo ama un asesinato, como una nube ama a los murciélagos. Te amaré como la desgracia ama a los huérfanos, como el fuego ama la inocencia y la justicia ama sentarse y mirar mientras todo sale mal. Te amaré como un campo de batalla ama a los hombres jóvenes y como las mentas aman tus alergias, y te amaré como la cáscara de plátano ama el zapato de un hombre que fue golpeado por una piedra que cayó de una casa. Te amaré como a un departamento de bomberos voluntario le encanta correr hacia edificios en llamas y como a los edificios en llamas les encanta expulsarlos, y como a un paracaídas le encanta dejar un dirigible y como a un operador de dirigible le encanta perseguirlo.
Te amaré como una daga ama la espalda de cierta persona, y como cierta persona le encanta usar túnicas a prueba de dagas, y como una túnica a prueba de dagas le encanta ir a cierta instalación de limpieza en seco, y cómo un cierto empleado de una limpieza en seco A la instalación le encanta quedarse despierto hasta tarde con un par de binoculares, mirar una fábrica de dagas durante horas con la esperanza de atrapar a un ladrón, y como a un ladrón le encanta escabullirse detrás de personas con binoculares, de repente se da cuenta de que ha dejado su daga en casa. Te amaré como un cajón ama un compartimento secreto, y como un compartimento secreto ama un secreto, y como un secreto ama hacer jadear a una persona, y como una persona jadeante ama una copa de brandy para calmar sus nervios, y como un una copa de brandy le encanta romperse en el suelo, y como el ruido de la rotura de un vidrio le encanta hacer jadear a otra persona, y como alguien más jadea ama un escritorio cercano para apoyarse, incluso si se apoya contra ella presiona una palanca que le encanta abrir un cajón y revelar un compartimento secreto. Te amaré hasta que todos esos compartimientos sean descubiertos y abiertos, y hasta que todos los secretos hayan desaparecido en el mundo. Te amaré hasta que todos los códigos y corazones se hayan roto y hasta que cada anagrama y cada huevo se hayan descifrado.
Te amaré hasta que se extinga cada incendio y hasta que se reconstruya cada hogar de los bosques más bellos y susceptibles, y hasta que cada criminal sea esposado por los policías más perezosos. Amaré hasta que M. odie las serpientes y J. odie la gramática, y te amaré hasta que C. se dé cuenta de que S. no es digno de su amor y N. se dé cuenta de que no es digno de la V. Te amaré hasta que el pájaro odia un nido y el gusano odia una manzana, y hasta que la manzana odia un árbol y el árbol odia un nido, y hasta que un pájaro odia un árbol y una manzana odia un nido, aunque honestamente no puedo imaginar esa última ocurrencia, no importa cuán difícil sea Lo intento. Te amaré a medida que envejecemos, lo que acaba de suceder, y ha sucedido nuevamente, y sucedió hace varios días, continuamente, y luego varios años antes de eso, y continuará sucediendo como las agujas giratorias de cada reloj y las páginas que pasan. de cada calendario marca el paso del tiempo, excepto los relojes que la gente se olvidó de enrollar y los calendarios que la gente se olvidó de colocar en un área altamente visible. Te amaré a medida que nos encontremos cada vez más lejos el uno del otro, donde una vez estuvimos tan cerca que pudimos deslizar la paja curva y la cuchara larga y delgada, entre nuestros labios y dedos, respectivamente.
Te amaré hasta que las posibilidades de que nos encontremos el uno con el otro pasen de cero a cero, y hasta que tu cara esté nublada por un recuerdo lejano, y tu memoria enfrentada por una niebla lejana, y tu niebla memorizada por un rostro lejano, y tu distancia distanciada por el recuerdo memorizado de una niebla brumosa. Te amaré sin importar a dónde vayas y a quién veas, no importa dónde evites y a quién no veas, y no importa quién te vea evitando a dónde vas. Te amaré sin importar lo que te pase, y sin importar cómo descubra lo que te sucede, y sin importar lo que me pase a medida que descubra esto, y ahora importa cómo me descubran después de lo que me sucede mientras descubro esto.
Lemony Snicket. Las cartas a Beatrice
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antigonick · 3 years ago
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It will be a language from the soul to the soul, collecting everything, scents, sounds, colours, thought hooked to thought and pulling.
Arthur Rimbaud, in his Letter of the Visionary to Paul Demeny (my translation)
Original — Cette langue sera de l’âme pour l’âme, résumant tout, parfums, sons, couleurs, de la pensée accrochant la pensée et tirant.
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finita--la--commedia · a year ago
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I would comfort you — soothe you — tranquillize you.
Edgar Allan Poe, from a letter to Sarah Helen Whitman (October 1, 1848)
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depoesiaypoetas · a year ago
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A ver si piensas en mí, que te cuido y te quiero tanto, cuando todos estén alegres, y yo no esté donde tú estás, cuando está el cielo tranquilo y muy lleno de estrellas
José Martí
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finita-la-commedia · 3 years ago
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Since I have known you you have occupied my thoughts perpetually. In my fantasies I have done all sorts of things with you.
85-year old Henry Miller, from a letter to his final Love, 29-year old Brenda Venus (June 16, 1976) in “Dear, Dear Brenda: The Love Letters of Henry Miller to Brenda Venus “
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antigonick · a year ago
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I love you because I love you; I see you "once a week" because I cannot see you all day long; I think of you all day long because I most certainly could not think of you once an hour less, if I tried—
Robert Browning, in a letter (October 23rd, 1845) to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, in Sonnets from the Portuguese (ed. William Peterson & Julia Markus)
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finita--la--commedia · 2 years ago
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... the silence in my soul is black. I wish I could rest my head on your shoulder.
Kahlil Gibran (1883 – 1931), in a letter to Mary Elizabeth Haskell (1873-1964), November 10, 1912 in “Beloved prophet; the love letters of Kahlil Gibran and Mary Haskell and her private journal“
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wangxianficrecs · 19 hours ago
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Twelve Moons and a Fortnight by stiltonbasket
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Twelve Moons and a Fortnight
by stiltonbasket
G, 290k, wangxian
Summary:  "Let me get this straight. You really want me to stand in for you while you help Jin Ling settle in at Koi Tower?"
"Who else do I have?" Jiang Cheng returns. "Father trained you to serve as my deputy, didn't he? And don't say you don't remember, or I'll break your legs."
"Well, yes," Wei Wuxian manages. "Uh. I'll just let Lan Zhan know I'll be at Lotus Pier until you're back at home, then."
Or, the one where Wei Wuxian spends the year before his wedding as Yunmeng Jiang's acting sect leader, and the cultivation world's greatest love story finds its happy ending with the help of three juniors, a teenage romance, and one very involved (and exasperated) younger brother.
My comments:  An epic fic covering the year that Wei Wuxian is resurrected (in his own body) but deviates from canon in that he's immediately taken to Lotus Pier by Jiang Cheng and reconciliation happens, followed by WWX leading the Jiang Sect while JC stays in Lanling with Jin Ling to fend off power grabs and political intrigue. Author populated the story with a lot of OCs, who help and nurture WWX during this time as he struggles with PTSD and depression (because for him, he was only just killed, and the war was only a few years past. But he's resilient, and his effervescence cannot always be suppressed. And he and LWJ exchange love letters (there are so many letters in this story) that are in-your-face love letters but WWX is oblivious out of self defense.
During the course of the year, there are social reforms, an accidental baby acquisition, a debilitating chronic illness, something dangerous in the swamps of Yunmeng, and a long, slow courtship.
post cql, POV multiple, adorable juniors, sect politics, brotherly feels, yunmeng brothers reconciliation, sect leader wei wuxian, wei wuxian at lotus pier, epistolary, love letters, feels, depressed wei wuxian, depression, sick wei wuxian, chronic illness, doting lan wangji, oblivious wei wuxian, thick as a brick wei wuxian, humor, adoption, accidental baby acquisition, near death experiences, qi deviation, core sickness, new cultivation methods, world building, social reform, tiger shapeshifter, OCs, fluff, soft, golden core transfer, loss of powers, betrothal, wedding, parent-child relationship, love confessions, feelings realization, domestic, caretaking, found family, pining, slow burn, resurrected in his original body, post canon fix it, happy ending, @stiltonbasket​
(You may wish to REBLOG as a signal boost for this author if you like – or think others might like – this story.)
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