It never occurred to you to leave any trace of yourself in prose or verse, which was your charm—and then my self-disgust. It was also what terrified me: that you might cast me back into the croaking mire of my playful allusions. — Eugenio Montale, from “Xenia I,” The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. (Ecco;… Continue reading Eugenio Montale
I think now—at midnight— that I never slept in my life, that when from time to time I closed my eyes and submerged all I saw in the semblance of sleep, I didn’t sleep. — Rafael Alberti, “Song 35,” The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. (Ecco; 1 edition March 2, 2010)
The present life of man, O king, seems to me, in comparison of that time which is unknown to us, like to the swift flight of a sparrow through the room wherein you sit at supper in winter, with your commanders and ministers, and a good fire in the midst, whilst the storms of rain… Continue reading Bede
‘Twas just this time, last year, I died. I know I heard the Corn, When I was carried by the Farms — It had the Tassels on — I thought how yellow it would look — When Richard went to mill — And then, I wanted to get out, But something held my will. I… Continue reading Emily Dickinson
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
Trying to find the footsteps of the morning before you, just something to follow, you caress the gorgeous infidelities that make you free. — Robert Kelly, from “Studying Horses,” American Poetry Since 1950: Innovators & Outsiders, ed. Eliot Weinberger (Marsilio Publishers, 1993)
It is only through mystery and madness that the soul is revealed ― Thomas Moore (1940 -), Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life. (HarperPerennial; Reprint edition January 26, 1994) Originally published January 26th 1988.