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metamorphesque · a month ago
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Every time I wrote your name, I lied. Every time I wrote your name, it was the truth.
1.Clarice Lispector | 2.Nickie Zimov | 3.Warsan Shire | 4.Pablo Neruda | 5.Madeline Miller | 6.Nickie Zimov | 7.Madeline Miller | 8.Vincent van Gogh | 9.James Joyce | 10.Nick Lantz | 11.Ocean Vuong | 12.Nickie Zimov | 13.Richard Brautigan | 14.Keaton St. James 
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ligeia-of-the-rhine · a year ago
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“You’re not a monster,” I said. But I lied. What I really wanted to say was that a monster is not such a terrible thing to be. From the Latin root monstrum, a divine messenger of catastrophe, then adapted by the Old French to mean an animal of myriad origins: centaur, griffin, satyr. To be a monster is to be a hybrid signal, a lighthouse: both shelter and warning at once.
Ocean Vuong, from On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.
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anditslove · a year ago
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Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
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soracities · 9 months ago
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hair, a love language
credits: 1. hair salon in gabon (bruno barbey, 1984) / 2. navajo nation, arizona (leonard mccombe, 1948) / 3. combing the hair (edgar degas) / 4. unknown source / 5. via @cxogunt / 6. clifford prince king
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metamorphesque · 11 days ago
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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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heavensghost · a year ago
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Ocean Vuong, On Earth we’re briefly gorgeous
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dreamertrilogys · 9 months ago
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the front bottoms, twin size mattress // @rbhvleo​ on tumblr // richard siken, crush (little beast) // taylor swift, cruel summer // unknown source // ada limón, bright dead things //  margaret atwood, we are hard // ocean vuong, on earth we’re briefly gorgeous // @normal-horoscopes​ on tumblr // halsey, trouble (stripped) //  richard siken, crush (scheherazade) // louise glück // richard siken, a primer for small weird loves // @bipeds 
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memoryslandscape · 2 years ago
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Days I feel like a human being, while other days I feel more like a sound. I touch the world not as myself but as an echo of who I was.
Ocean Vuong, from On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin, 2019)
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metamorphesque · 26 days ago
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“Where does such tenderness come from?”
1.Marina Tsvetaeva / 2.open house 1998 / 3.Sylvia Plath / 4.Joseph Lorusso / 5.Pablo Neruda / 6.Malcolm T. Liepke / 7.Ocean Vuong / 8.Joseph Lorusso / 9.Richard Siken / 10.Ron Hicks / 11.Mary Ann Samyn / 12.Ron Hicks / 13.May Sarton / 14.Joseph Lorusso / 15.Ivan Malkovych / 16.Ocean Vuong / 17.Breathless, Godard, 1960 / 18.Boris Pasternak / 19.Holly Warburton / 20.Mary Jo Bang / 21.Holly Warburton / 22.Susan Sontag
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heavensghost · 2 months ago
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Ocean Vuong, from On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
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xshayarsha · a year ago
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You realize, at last, that you can change without disappearing, that all you had to do was wait until the storm passes you over and you find that—yes—your name is still attached to a living thing.
Ocean Vuong, from On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.
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luthienne · 7 months ago
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Sometimes being offered tenderness feels like the very proof that you’ve been ruined.
Ocean Vuong, from On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
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anditslove · a year ago
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Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
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soracities · 9 months ago
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“I’ve never told you this,” she said. “But there’s something about taking the cart back instead of leaving it in the parking lot. I don’t know when this came to me; it was a few years ago. There’s a difference between leaving it where you empty it and taking it back to the front of the store. It’s significant.”
“Because somebody has to take them in.”
“Yes. And if you know that, and you do it for that one guy, you do something else. You join the world...You move out of your isolation and become universal.”
— Andre Dubus, “Out of the Snow”, Dancing After Hours: Stories
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larmoyante · 2 years ago
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Because the sunset, like survival, exists only on the verge of its own disappearing. To be gorgeous, you must first be seen, but to be seen allows you to be hunted.
Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
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xshayarsha · a year ago
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You once told me that the human eye is god’s loneliest creation. How so much of the world passes through the pupil and still it holds nothing. The eye, alone in its socket, doesn’t even know there’s another one, just like it, an inch away, just as hungry, as empty.
Ocean Vuong, from On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.
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broganbertie · 8 months ago
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On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong
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metamorphesque · a month ago
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What do you call the animal that, finding the hunter, offers itself to be eaten? A martyr? A weakling? | Ocean Vuong
1. Richard Siken | 2. Nickie Zimov | 3. Natalie Diaz | 4. Malcolm T Liepke | 5. Franz Kafka | 6. Ron Hicks | 7. Ada Limón | 8. Peter Wever | 9. Emma Lister | 10. Nickie Zimov | 11. Joy Ladin | 12. Jen Mazza | 13. Ocean Vuong
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