To the Harbormaster I wanted to be sure to reach you; though my ship was on the way it got caught in some moorings. I am always tying up and then deciding to depart. In storms and at sunset, with the metallic coils of the tide around my fathomless arms, I… Continue reading Frank O’Hara
Personally, I’m a mess of conflicting impulses—I’m independent and greedy and I also want to belong and share and be a part of the whole. I doubt that I’m the only one who feels this way. It’s the core of monster making, actually. Wanna make a monster? Take the parts of yourself that make you… Continue reading Richard Siken
I am lonely, lonely. I was born to be lonely, I am best so! — William Carlos Williams, from “Danse Russe,” The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, Volume I, 1909-1939, edited by Christopher MacGowan.
I think you need to fall in love with the wrong person. I think you need to fight and cry and sweat and bleed and fail. I think you need to have bad relationships and bad breakups. I think you need all of that so that when the right person and the right relationship comes… Continue reading Lark Books
I like it that you’re here helping me cope. I like to know you’re in the room, a little out of range, not saying anything but letting me know I’m not alone, not entirely. — Jeet Thayil, from “Dear Heptanesia,” These Errors Are Correct. (Tranquebar: EastWest and Westland, Delhi, 2008)
Contradict yourself. In order to live, you must remain broken up. ― Wyndham Lewis
…sitting up in bed drinking good wine, talking and touching smoking listening to the waves… listening to the waves… — Charles Bukowski, from “The Laughing Heart,” Burning in Water Drowning in Flame. (Selected Poems 1955-1973). Black Sparrow Press ,, Los Angeles., (1974)