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Lily King, from Euphoria (2014)
For so long, I’d felt that what I’d been trained to do in academic writing was to press my nose to the ground, and here was Nell Stone with her head raised and swiveling in all directions. It was exhilarating and infuriating and I needed to see her again.
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Lily King, from Euphoria (2014)
After a certain number of sentences, my letters to my mother now became letters to Nell. My mind was stuck in conversation with her and the feeling of talking to her rang through me, disturbed me, woke me up as one wakes from sudden illness in the middle of the night.
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god & consumption:

1. “ God announces itself as affliction, as a pain that is gruesome. God doesn’t eat, but wounds. You have to know this in order to live. “ - Fanny Howe, Saving History

2.  “As the Bacchae knew, we always tear our Gods to bits, and eat the bits we like.” - Adam Gopnik

3. “I am rivering I am watching / there is a hollowing-out / hunger inside me / I could eat god” - Alex Lemon, XX

4. “But when I lean over the chasm of myself — it seems my God is dark and like a web: a hundred roots silently drinking.” - Rainer Maria Rilke, I have many brothers in the South

5. “Our theory is that there is a god, and he is hungry.” - Carmen Maria Machado, Especially Heinous

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Harold Bloom, The Anatomy of Influence

Eliot, Tate, Auden, and the earlier Robert Lowell intended devotion in a number of celebrated lyrics and meditations. I cannot read these without remembering once again Dr. Samuel Johnson’s strictures: the good and evil of Eternity are too ponderous for the wings of wit. The mind sinks under them, content with calm belief and humble adoration.

That can produce poignant prayer but only weak poetry.

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“On the heels of a fiver-year recession, from 1878 to 1887, the desire for cheap or ‘free’ Indigenous land in Dakota Territory infected white settlers like a fever. The decade, during which the white population in the region nearly doubled, was known as the “Great Dakota Boom.” In 1887, under increasing pressure to open more of the remaining 1868 Treaty lands, Congress passed the Dawes Severalty Act, signaling a new assault on Lakota and Dakota lands. Dawes sought to disintegrate collective Native identities and communal land practices by allotting private plots to Native families and opening millions of acres of ‘excess’ land for white settlement.”

Our History is the Future, Nick Estes

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