Word-work is sublime, she thinks, because it is generative; it makes meaning that secures our difference, our human difference – the way in which we are like no other life. We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives. Toni Morrison: Nobel Lecture …
words are air breath and sound wrapped around ideas
I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. Markus Zusak, The Book Thief (via bookmania)
I want my poetry to connect to people and truly affect them. I want my poetry to help people recommit the world we are living in, to the ugly mess and beautiful strangeness of it. I don’t provide any answers in my poems, but I hope to ask the right questions and reveal the right …
I approach the work as though, in truth, I’m nothing and the words are everything. Louise Erdrich (via theparisreview)
How odd, I can have all this inside me and to you it’s just words. David Foster Wallace’s, The Pale King
serotonical: Looks like there is a word for it.
In college, I used to underline sentences that struck me, that made me look up from the page. They were not necessarily the same sentences the professors pointed out, which would turn up for further explication on an exam. I noted them for their clarity, their rhythm, their beauty and their enchantment. For surely it …
These social exchanges are grounded in gestures, words, clothes, meaningful glances. That is, they are in the cultural fabric and rhetorical forms that bind communities. Janine Marchessault: Marshall McLuhan. 2005. p. 227
I need this sign installed above my desk.