Maybe this is what it means to be alive on earth, alive on earth and nothing more. — Eliza Browning, from “Primer for the Smaller Things,” L’Éphémère Review (no. 13, Summer 2019)
I already knew this immense tenderness, which is only the last degree of sorrow… I knew then, already, that the intimacy of things is death. — Georges Bataille, L’Impossible, translation by Robert Hurley. (Editions de Minuit, April 1, 1962) Originally published 1947.