…in crucial times, when the perishability of so many values is revealed, all human dignity consists in believing in their return. — Emmanuel Levinas, Proper Names. (Stanford University Press, February 1, 1997) Originally published 1975.
Of their mirrors, pretending we are the ones who stare From the other side, collected In the glassy air. — Mark Strand, from “Violent Storm,” New and Selected Poems. (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009)
Think of someone you want to touch whom you cannot touch, someone forbidden. Think of a room where there is nothing except the two of you: still, you cannot touch them. Think of the heat between two hands about to touch, the language that exists in that silence. — Chelsea Hodson, from “A Simple Woman,”… Continue reading Chelsea Hodson