Cows In Art Class good weather is like good women- it doesn’t always happen and when it does it doesn’t always last. man is more stable: if he’s bad there’s more chance he’ll stay that way, or if he’s good he might hang on, but a woman is changed by children age diet conversation sex… Continue reading Charles Bukkowski
Mystery and disappointment are not absolutely indispensable to the growth of love, but they are, very often, its powerful auxiliaries. — Charles Dickens, Nicholas Nickleby. (Penguin Classics; New Ed edition November 1, 1999) Originally serialized March 1838 -October 1839; book format published 1839 by Chapman & Hall.
Donna undresses, her stomach is white. In the yard, dewy and shivering with crickets, we lie naked, face-up, face-down. I teach her Chinese. Crickets: chiu chiu. Dew: I’ve forgotten. Naked: I’ve forgotten. Ni, wo: you and me. I part her legs, remember to tell her she is beautiful as the moon. — Li-Young Lee, from “Persimmons,”… Continue reading Li-Young Lee
You have never loved me. You have only thought it pleasant to be in love with me. — Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House. (Hard Press November 3, 2006) Originally published December 1879.
If you’re not a rain my love be a tree soaked with fertility … be a tree and if you’re not a tree my love be a stone soaked with humidity … be a stone and if you’re not a stone my love be a moon in the lover’s sleep … be a moon (that’s… Continue reading Mahmoud Darwish
I am subject to wind, the perambulations of the moon, the constellations, and anxiety. — Rikki Ducornet, The Complete Butcher’s Tales. (Dalkey Archive Press October 1, 1999) Originally published 1980.
There is a dear weariness of love… Hand relaxed in hand, Shoulder at rest upon shoulder. And to me that pool of weariness is more wonderful Than crater, cataract, Maelstrom, earthquake… For it is a double pool In which lie, silent, The golden fishes of sleep. — Harold Witter Bynner, “Weariness,” Others for 1919: An… Continue reading Harold Witter Bynner