“I’ve hoarded your name in my mouth for months. My throat is a beehive pitched in the river. Look! Look how long this love can hold its breath.”
Tennessee Williams, from The Vine // Gulzar // Joy Ladin, from Forgetting // Andrés Neuman, from Delivery // Violette Leduc, from Thérèse and Isabelle, tr. by Sophie Lewis // Pablo Neruda, from Ode to an Apple // Richard Siken, from Saying Your Names // Carol Ann Duffy, from Name // Richard Siken, from Saying Your Names
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You haven’t vanished. The letters of your name are still a scar that doesn’t heal,
Octavio Paz, tr. by Eliot Weinberger, from The Poems of Octavio Paz; “The Prisoner”
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I forgot nearly everything
But you meant more
Than any of them
I remembered that
Until the end
Dorothea Lasky, from “You meant more to me than any of them,” The American Poetry Review (vol. 50, no. 5, September/October 2021)
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Don't tell someone with trauma to forgive and forget. It's not that easy. Forgiving is a personal decision that is only up to them. They are not a better or a worse person depending on what they choose to do.
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c!george (you spent most of your life dreaming)
audrey niffenegger, the time traveler's wife / john everett millais, ophelia / mary oliver / mitski, francis forever / pinterest pic / @/dsmptranscripts on twitter / euripides, heracles / @/reddoburu2 on twitter / @/dsmptranscripts on twitter / taylor swift, false god
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It takes a minute to have a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone... but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.
// Khalil Gibran
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People who have heads and feet but no minds and no ears — there are mobs of them. To think that beings with bodies can all go on existing along with that which is bodiless and formless — it can never happen! A man’s stops and starts, his life and death, his rises and falls — none of these can he do anything about. Yet he thinks that the mastery of them lies with man! Forget things, forget Heaven, and be called a forgetter of self. The man who has forgotten self may be said to have entered Heaven.
Zhuangzi, The Complete Works of Zhuangzi, Watson tr. (Ch 12)
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Quote by @lettersformagnolia
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ON HISTORY, COLLECTIVE MEMORY, HUMANITY, AND FORGETTING: 1. for lack of a better word / 2. history repeating / 3. the cult of memory: when history does more harm than good, david rieff / 4. landscape with several small fires, richard siken / 5. francesco guccini / 6, 7. forgetting or remembering: how to deal with history, i̇brahim kalın / 8. history, memory and forgetting: political implications, maria paula nascimento araújo and myrian sepúlveda dos santos (translated by sheena caldwell) / 9. blue lily, lily blue, maggie stiefvater
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this hits home
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Unfuck yourself. Be who you were before all that stuff happened that dimmed your light.
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Alicia Ostriker, from The Imaginary Lover; “A question of time”
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the self is to practice forgetting others
Jax NTP, from “Of Tendencies, Open the Creases of Grief,” Apogee (no. 7)
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Who would you be if your mind forgot all its stories?
This is important, Michael, really going to this, deeply.
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Some days I’m afraid that I will forget you
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Ode à l'Oubli - Louise Bourgeois
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"Forgetting is a form of freedom.
"النسيان شكل من أشكال الحرية
— Gibran Khalil Gibran
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She floated away on the riptide of dementia, ultimately a speck on the horizon, waving for as long as she could to her deeply confused children onshore.
Anne Lamott (b. 1954) American novelist and non-fiction writer
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just let me
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