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magnoliarot · 5 months ago
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marina tsvetaeva | lori gottlieb | unknown | benjamin saenz | louise gluck | li-young lee | rainer rilke
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alexcabotgf · 15 days ago
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there’s no place like my room
i know the end by phoebe bridgers / bedroom in arles by vincent van gogh / charles bukowski / gypsy by fleetwood mac / the virgin suicides (1999) dir. sofia coppola / adam’s song by blink-182 / morning sun by edward hopper / last words of a shooting star by mitski / our chemical hearts by krystal sutherland / lolita (1997) dir. adrian lyne
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luthienne · 2 months ago
Hello!!! I just found your blog and I love it so much!!! I love that you have such a wonderful library of poetry and literature 💕 poetry is the best way to connect our heart into concrete terms and can help us through the worst of it all. I love the whole feel of your blog!! You are a gift 💕 I’ve seen a few people ask for some poems, and if I may, I’d like to request for a few from your vast collection on how love never really dies. I recently went through a really peaceful break up and I’ve been trying to cope with that fact that I’m not angry at him and that I’m never not going to love him. I need some poetry for my aching heart. Thank you if you are able to, love! I hope you have a lovely day 💕
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— John Berger, Will it be a Likeness? from The Shape of a Pocket
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— John Cage to Merce Cunningham, June 29 1943
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— Adonis, Selected Poems; “Beginnings of the Body, Ends of the Sea” (tr. Khaled Mattawa)
“But whatever, whenever, however this ends / I want you to know right now, / I love you forever.”
— Andrea Gibson, from The Madness Vase; “How It Ends”
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— Mary Oliver, from “Mysteries, yes”
“someone I love is praying in another language / I don’t know all the words but I know / what it means—”
— Linnette Reeman, from “The New Jersey Devil Considers Parallels,” The New Jersey Devil Washes the Blood Off (and other vignettes) (L'Éphémère Review micro-chapbook, 2018)
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— Nikki Giovanni, from an interview with Cynthia Adina Kirkwood for Los Angeles Times, Dec 4, 1985
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— Aracelis Girmay, “I Am Not Ready To Die Yet”
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soracities · a year ago
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Chika Unigwe, “Heart of Darkness”  |  Alejandra Pizarnik, “Psychopathology Ward” (trans. Yvette Siegert)
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carfuckerlynch · 5 months ago
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[transcript: 1. you are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand.
2. hold my hand in yours, and we will not fear what hands like ours can do.
3. we’ll lay here for years or for hours, your hand in my hand, so still and discreet.
4. ME: What if we traded hands?
[pause]
ME: What if I gave you my hands & you gave me your hands?
YOU: What would that accomplish?
ME: We would have each other’s hands.
5. my hands wanted to touch your hands because we had hands.
6. a digital painting of two hands intertwined against a dark background. the hands are red and grow brighter until their fingers glow gold where they’re laced together, palms down on the ground. there are gold stars around their interlocked fingers
7. here is my hand, he said. here is my hand that will not harm you. /end transcript]
no children— the mountain goats/the epic of gilgamesh— trans. danny p jackson/in a week— hozier/one act play in which not all problems can be solved, & not all problems are problems, but even so, some are— dalton day/in the western night— frank bidart/contact— @campanella/descending figures; epithalamium—louise glück
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opheliashes · a month ago
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On Stars and the Night Sky
Cosmic Love, Florence + the Machine // Excerpt from Vincent Van Gogh’s 1888 letter to brother Theo Van Gogh // The Great Conjunction (2020),  Sajal Chakraborty // Excerpt from George Mallory’s 1921 letter to wife Ruth Mallory // Bobcaygeon, The Tragically Hip // Observation of the Pleiades (1610), Galileo Galilei // Starry Night over the Rhône (1888), Vincent Van Gogh // Constellations, The Oh Hellos
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tothedesert · a year ago
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when richard siken said “it keeps coming back to that: what do i do with these hands?” and when mitski said “i don't know what to do without you, i don't know where to put my hands” and when olivia gatwood said “what am i, if not yours? what do i do with my hands when they are just hands?” and when sylvia plath said “what did my fingers do before they held him? what did my heart do, with its love?”
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penpall · a year ago
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franz kafka / little women (2019) dir. greta girwig / warsan shire
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journalisticintegrity · 4 months ago
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They Convince Us We Are Alone
Andrea Dworkin // The Politician (2019-) // “Missed Call” by Sabina Mnkowska // Right-Wing Women by Andrea Dworkin // Fleabag (2016-2019) // “Marrying the Hangman” by Margaret Atwood
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confidentiallyconfusing · 7 months ago
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John Koethe, “The Late Wisconsin Spring” | Kazuhiko Fukuoji | Jack’s Mannequin, “Dark Blue” | Antony Gormley, “Breathing Room” | Fairfield Porter, “A Painter Obsessed By Blue” | Daniel Danger, “we speak in ninth grade form, cord under the door. powers out, we wait out the storm and i am floored.” | Regina Spektor, “Blue Lips” | Federico Sciuca, “50/52 Last day on Earth” | King Krule, “Lonely Blue” | Anke Roder, “Starry Night”
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fox-croquis · a month ago
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Victor Hugo/ The Cat Returns/ House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski/ Creature by Half.Alive/ The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern/ Gerard Way/ Earnest Hemmingway (maybe???)/ Mary’s Monster by Lita Judge
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magnoliarot · 4 months ago
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Louise Glück | Becca Stadtlander | Kendra DeColo | Monica de la Torre | Lois Dodd | Tjawangwa Dema
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monochcrry · a month ago
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RM & V, 4 o’clock // Mary Ruefle, from Trances of the Blast; “Picking Up Pinecones” // BTS, Serendipity // Agust D, Moonlight // Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World // Elena Yushina, 1958 // RM, Don’t
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luthienne · 7 months ago
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Louise Glück, from Averno
“Sometimes you leave your hair at the bus station & get on the bus & as your face falls asleep against the window you realize it is all your body now, everything between you & the pieces you lost once,”
Aracelis Girmay, from Kingdom Animalia; “Portrait of the Woman As a Skein”
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Marie Howe, from Magdalene: Poems; “The Girl at 3″
“She knew herself, how she had slowly, over years, become a cat, a wolf, a snake, anything but a girl. How she had wrung out her girlhood like death.”
Catherynne M. Valente, from Deathless
“Many girls lock themselves up, / become pantries, closets. / Some, like trees, grow bark, / and others, like rivers, / burble into dimpled pools.”
Eli Mandel, from “Rapunzel (Girl in a Tower)"
“Sometimes I forget. I become a volatile spirit / a butterfly out of its wings, a blooming flower / in decay. I fall in love with ghosts and cry / when they flesh out,”
Mahtem Shiferraw, from Fuschia; “Being a Woman”
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Aracelis Girmay, from “Portrait of the Woman as a Skein”
“Not every girl survives the forest. / Sometimes she becomes it.”
Catherine Garbinsky, from “The Princess & the Thorns,” Even Curses End
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Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost
“I was something else, not a girl, not a wolf, something blank-eyed, tired,”
Catherynne M. Valente, from The Bread We Eat in Dreams
“Shame fuses to silence letting the night maraud, killing bit by useless hope of not being this girl I was. Am. She is.”
Eimear McBride, from The Lesser Bohemians
“When I was a girl / and you were a girl / we were floral / and ungiveable. Squash / blossom. Bleeding / Hearts in the sideyard. / Vine, albino root. / Petals open only in the moonlight.”
Emily O'Neill, “Wedding Soup,” from Pelican
“Glory be to the girl who goes back for her body.”
Dominique Christina, from Star Gazer
“Cover the memory of your face with the mask of who you’ll be—come, and frighten the girl you used to be.”
Alejandra Pizarnik, from Extracting the Stone of Madness: Poems 1962-1972 (tr. Yvette Siegert), “Paths of the Mirror”
“—if I could remember a day when I was utterly a girl and not yet a woman— / but I don’t think there was a day like that for me. / When I look at the girl I was, dripping in her bathing suit, or riding her bike, pumping hard down the newly paved street, / she wears a furtive look— and even if I could go back in time to her as me, the age I am now / she would never come into my arms without believing that I wanted something.”
Marie Howe, from What the Living Do: Poems; “The Girl”
“‘How strange it is to long for one’s self!’ she said; ‘and yet I often, so often, long for myself as a young girl. I love her as one whom I had been very close to and shared life and happiness and everything with, and then had lost while I stood helpless.’”
Jens Peter Jacobsen, from Niels Lyhne
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Mary Oliver, from Blue Horses; “Blueberries”
“Your bare feet became a woman's feet, always saying two things at once.”
Louise Glück, from Descending Figure
“And I must choose. War before me, and behind, a woman I do not know, the woman I could have been, a human woman, whole and hot.”
Catherynne M. Valente, from Deathless
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Louise Glück, from “The Myth of Innocence”
“Beware your face, / your limbs, your walk: / Gods see these / as invitations. / Beware of swans. / They may lift you / but you will fall. / Beware of children / hatched from eggs, / unfledged and beautiful: / they will burn / cities to the ground. / Don’t be seduced by the gods, / my daughter. / Though you break / into song beneath them / you will remain broken.”
Jeannine Hall Gailey, from Becoming the Villainess; “Leda’s Mother Warns Her”
“What could I have grown up to be? What kind of human woman, what kind of simple, happy thing? If I had never been broken on a bird’s wing. If I had never seen the world naked. I want to be myself again… I want to stop knowing everything I know.”
Catherynne M. Valente, from Deathless
“But I don’t really like what I know; I don’t really care for wisdom and experience. I would rather believe, and beat out my brains, and believe some more. I do not like this safe well-armed woman I have become. The loud bleating disheveled starry reckless failed girl was a better person.”
Martha Gellhorn, from Selected Letters
“a child with seafoam eyes / and dusky skin might cry, there / goes a girl with seven thousand years / at the hollow of her throat,”
Amal El-Mohtar, from ‘Song for an Ancient City’
“I say “her,” because I don’t recall having been present, not in any meaningful sense of the word. I and the girl in the picture have ceased to be the same person. I am her outcome, the result of the life she once lived headlong; whereas she, if she can be said to exist at all, is composed only of what I remember.”
Margaret Atwood, from The Blind Assassin
“There were always in me two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was drowning, and another who would leap into a scene, as upon a stage, conceal her true emotions because they were weaknesses, helplessness, despair, and present to the world only a smile, an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest.”
Anaïs Nin, from The Diary of Anaïs Nin: Volume One, 1931-1934
“Come, let me suffer! That is worth more than viewing injustice with a serene countenance, as Shakespeare says. When I have drained my cup of bitterness, I shall feel better. I am a woman, I have affections, sympathies, and wrath.”
George Sand, in a letter to Gustave Flaubert
“Slapped the man’s face, then slapped it again, / broke the plate, broke the glass, pushed the cat / from the couch with my feet. Let the baby / cry too long, then shook him, / let the man walk, let the girl down, / wouldn’t talk, then talked too long, / lied when there was no need / and stole what others had, and never / told the secret that kept me apart from them. / Years holding on to a rope / that wasn’t there, always sorry / and righteous and wrong. Who would / follow that young woman down the narrow hallway? / Who would call her name until she turns?”
Marie Howe, “What I Did Wrong”
“She is a woman stranded at doorways and passivity is killing her. There is only one thing she can do. Make noise.”
Anne Carson, in her Introduction to Elektra
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Audre Lorde, from The Black Unicorn: Poems
“Part of me died here / so another could go on.”
Marty McConnell, from “When They Say You Can’t Go Home Again, What They Mean Is You Were Never There”
“see, you will rise. / and are you less of a woman for this? / no / what is woman? / woman is this—enduring. / listen girl, you will survive this—you will. / but what fool said you had to do it silently? / here is a tip—scream”
Salma Deera, Letters From Medea, “medea gives advice to a young girl with a broken heart”
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soracities · 5 months ago
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Vladimir Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle
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František Halas, “Malá Strana Night Vision”
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Larwence Durrell, Justine (The Alexandria Quartet #1)
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edebie · 7 months ago
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Do all lovers feel like they’re inventing something?
the abscence by paul eluard / from a to x: a story in letters by john berger / love letters from frida kahlo to carlos pellicer / love letters from franz kafka to Felice bauer / interview by céline sciamma for the independent / post by sheabutterbitch / you are jeff by richard siken / the clean house by sarah ruhl / virginia woolf
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sweetpotato-stomach · 3 months ago
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𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 + 𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐠𝐨
the glass essay by anne carson // “no choir” by florence + the machine
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penpall · 4 months ago
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Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong / Alive Together; ‘A Nude by Edward Hopper’ / Ginger / Townie
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journalisticintegrity · 17 days ago
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Black Widow (2021) // Shame Is An Ocean I Swim Across by Mary Lambert // Fleabag (2016-2019) // “Real Men” by Mitski // “Brand New City” by Mitski // The Robber Bride by Margaret // Inflammatory Essays, Jenny Holzer // Be The Cowboy by Mitski
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