The arrow of time obscures memory of both past and future circumstance with innumerable fallacies, the least trivial of which is perception. — Ashim Shanker, Migrations, Volume 2: Only the Deplorable (Lulu, 2013)
Wrapped our tongues in barbed wire. Every bone crumbling inside us recasts itself in fire. — Tory Adkisson, from “Memento Mori,” The Paris-American: Poetry 105
I shall revenge myself in the cruelest way you can imagine. I shall forget it. — John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent. (Penguin Classics; Reissue edition August 26, 2008) Originally published 1961.
if we love each(shyly) other,what clouds do or Silently Flowers resembles beauty less than our breathing — E.E. Cummings, from “if i love You,” 100 Selected Poems. (Grove Press January 10, 1994) Originally published 1954.
Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. — John Green, The Fault in Our Stars. (Dutton Books January 10, 2012)
Bless something small but infinite and quiet. — Robert Creeley, from “A Prayer,” The Collected Poems of Robert Creeley, 1945–1975. (University of California Press; 2nd ed. edition October 23, 2006)
There’s too much lime in the world and not enough gin. —Frank O’Hara, from “Poem,” The Collected Poems of Frank O’Hara. (University of California Press March 31, 1995)