American Culture · American Literature · Asian-American Culture · Classic · Collection · Contemporary · Poetry

Victoria Chang

Love Poem with Peanut Shells Now I am in the warm oil of your mouth, comfortably sleeping in your throat. We build with flagstone, shop for sconces and radiance. Your large hands bundle and stack wood into walls. You digest my shape, unlit layer, lung. Light begins here, where we are one decimal point, where… Continue reading Victoria Chang

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Argentine Culture · Argentine Literature · Collection · Contemporary · Excerpt · Passage · Prose Poetry

Alejandra Pizarnik

But don’t speak of gardens. Don’t speak of the moon. Don’t speak of roses or the sea. Speak of what you know. Speak of the thing that rings in the marrow, that plays in your eyes with shadow and light. Speak of the endless ache in your bones. Speak of vertigo. Speak of respiration and… Continue reading Alejandra Pizarnik

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Annual · Anthology · Collection · Contemporary · Online Anthology · Poetry

Sheryl Abbey

Each time we write, we violate nature with a small, silent weapon: the pause. We stop, sometimes just for a minute, to notice, consider or describe, but the planet spins on undeterred, or maybe, amused. The universe is uninterested in the time-stopping attempts of humans: photography, archaeology, the study of history. It forges ahead, concealing,… Continue reading Sheryl Abbey

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Article · Classic · Contemporary · Excerpt · Fragment · Online Magazine · Online Review · Palestinian Culture · Palestinian Literature · Periodical · Poetry

Mahmoud Darwish

As for me, I will enter the mulberry trees where the silk worm makes me into a silk thread, then I’ll enter a woman’s needle in one of the myths, then I’ll fly like a shawl with the wind … Mahmoud Darwish, from “Not as a Foreign Tourist Does,” translated by Fady Joudah, Michigan Quarterly… Continue reading Mahmoud Darwish

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Autobiographical · Collection · Contemporary · Essay · Excerpt · Memoir · Natural History · Paraphrase · Philosophy · Quote

Rebecca Solnit

We treat desire as a problem to be solved, address what desire is for and focus on that something and how to acquire it rather than on the nature and the sensation of desire, though often it is the desire between us and the object of desire that fills the space in between with the… Continue reading Rebecca Solnit

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Anthology · Classic · Collection · Excerpt · Fragment · Generation of '98 · Poetry · Spanish Culture · Spanish Literature

Antonio Machado

Last night, as I was sleeping, I dreamt-marvelous error!- that I had a beehive  here inside my heart. And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures. Last night, as I was sleeping, I dreamt-marvelous error!- that a fiery sun was giving light inside my heart. —Antonio Machado, from… Continue reading Antonio Machado

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