A Word for Living Creatures

- beginning with a line from Paul Celan's "The Meridian"
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If your structure is firm and solid enough, however strange, however unusual, they [readers] will be able to follow it. They will climb with you to the most unlikely places if they trust you, if the words give them the right footholds, the right handholds. That’s what I want my readers to do: I want them to come with me when we’re going mountain-climbing. This isn’t a walk through a theme park.
Jeanette Winterson (via amandaonwriting)


Yesterday Matt Thomas tweeted a mashup of the first line from The Old Man and the Sea and the last line of The Great Gatsby. Then he tweeted one with the first line of Moby-Dick and the last line of Gravity’s Rainbow. I thought this mashup needed to become a genre, so I…

Sometimes, I just need to get a little perspective. This song helps me to reorient myself.

From this you learned to measure anyone by the bounds that hold them. - Kyle McCord, “Drawing Water from the Mountain”

you pirouette
and tumble mid-air
some shred of cloth

the only thing
you to earth


my breath gets stuck
near my diaphragm

     solar plexus
     you jab

I bowl over
gasp and quiver

     afraid of what

that you’ll fall
I say  no  I will
you’ll let me

I know I keep sharing this song, but I can’t help it. The words are true, and, each time I hear them, they remind me that my God is more than enough. Everything I could want is found in His love.

sundrenched the sheets
sundrenched your skin

smattering of freckles 
on your shoulder blade

first hints of pink trailing 
across your cheekbone

your eyes are open
dawn is here

Not like
A lone beautiful bird
These poems now rise in great white flocks
Against my mind’s vast hills.
- Hafiz, “Startled by God”

Blur of flight:
a great, white 
sheet stretched taut 
on a line,
the snap
roll in the breeze.

Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.
Eckhart Tolle (via lazyyogi)

(via mensahthomas)

amyvernon: THIS is how to do a book dedication.



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