Sunday, July 30, 2023

Thought for the Day

Silence is a flower, it opens up, dilates, extends /
its texture, can grow, mutate, return on its steps. /
It can watch other flowers grow and become what /
they are. [. . .]
~ Etel Adnan

Quoted from Etel Adnan, Shifting the Silence (Nightboat Books, 2020), page 68

Etel Adnan (1925-2021), Lebanese-American Poet, Essayist, Novelist, Translator, Internationally Exhibited Visual Artist, Playwright

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Thought for the Day

[. . . ] to love who we love /
is an undoing [. . . .]
~ Maya Stein

Quoted from Maya Stein, "to love who we love" (Poem Celebrating Pride Month), June 16, 2023

Maya Stein, Poet, Writing Guide, Freelance Writer-Editor, Author

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Sunday, July 16, 2023

Thought for the Day

Mortality got my attention.

Imagination is a form of courage, as courage is
a form of imagination.

You don't want to die not having lived.
~ Jorie Graham

Quoted from Jill Radsken, "'Mortality got my attention, says poet whose latest collection is 'To 2040'," Interview with Jorie Graham, The Harvard Gazette, May 31, 2023

Jorie Graham, Poet; Editor; Boylston Professor of Oratory and Rhetoric, Harvard University; Former Chancellor, The Academy of American Poets

Sunday, July 9, 2023

Thought for the Day

Grief and love are sisters, woven together from the beginning.
Their kinship reminds us that there is no love that does not
contain loss and no loss that is not a reminder of the love we
carry for what we once held close.
~ Francis Weller

Quoted from Francis Weller, The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief (North Atlantic Books, 2015)

Francis Weller, Psychotherapist, Writer

Sunday, July 2, 2023

Thought for the Day

I am the interval between what I am and what I am not,
between what I dream and what life makes of me. [. . .]
~ Fernando Pessoa

Quoted from Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet (New Directions, 2017), Jeronimo Pizarro, ed., and Margaret Jull Costa, trans. Note: Originally published in Portuguese in 1982, this complete, illustrated edition contains aphorisms, ruminations, melancholic observations, reveries, and autobiographic or essay-like passages on life said to have been written by one of Pessoa's alter egos, Bernardo Soares. The quote from this difficult-to-characterize book, has been translated variously.

Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935), Portuguese Poet, Writer, Literary Critic, Translator, Philosopher, Publisher