I don’t think teenagers reading literature need to see a world they know; I think they need to see a world they know isn’t bullshit. John Green
Went out to buy a book by the new Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro, bought the new rupi kaur “The Sun and Her Flowers” instead. I’m fine with that.
Books are door-shaped portals carrying me across oceans and centuries, helping me feel less alone. Margarita Engle “Tula [Books are door-shaped]”
Our fiction casually adjusted to accommodate the blast, even if we thought we were writing far from the blast, we were, indeed, not writing about the blast at all. The world had already been absurd, to those paying attention to the unending reported and even more unreported brutalities around the globe; perhaps the world is …
Truthfulness to life—both fantasy life and factual life—is the basis of all great art. Maurice Sendak, who died yesterday 5 years ago.
Every poem is a scene of language. It is a rite without a ceremony. Edward Hirsch How to Read A Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999)
Authors are actors, books are theaters Wallace Stevens
Reading is complicity in the creative process. Marina Tsvetaeva
Writing is embodiment. Reading is contact. Edward Hirsch How to Read A Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry (1999) (facebook I twitter I instagram)
No, I don’t feel death coming. I feel death going: having thrown up his hands, for the moment. James Baldwin. “Amen.” Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems. Beacon Press. (2014)(facebook I twitter I instagram)