"You are quarter ghost on your mother’s side.
Your heart is a flayed peach in a bone box."
Watercolour illustration of a nun with bleeding eye, 1675
From: Arzneibuch (Pharmacopoeia), Compendium of popular medicine and surgery, receipts, etc.: in German. Compiled for the use of a House of the Franciscan Order, probably in Austria, or South Germany.
"Almost always, it’s just getting dark
when I realize you are gone;
when you come here
and lie down beside me, without any clothes on
and without a body."
Franz Wright, closing lines to “The Visit,” from Earlier Poems (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007)
"Each of us needs something of an island in his life—if not an actual island, at least some place, or space in time, in which to be himself, free to cultivate his differences from others."
John C. Keats, from Of Time and an Island (Syracuse University Press, 1987)
I received the first copy of The Earth Avails yesterday. #Graywolfpress (at Pollard Willows)
"The most loathsome materialism is not the kind people usually think of, but the sort that attempts to let dead ideas pass for living realities, diverting into sterile myths the stubborn and lucid attention we give to what we have within us that must forever die."
Albert Camus, Lyrical and Critical Essays (via blue-voids)