Sunday, February 18, 2024

Thought for the Day

We ask of writers what we ask of our friends,
to help us mediate and interpret the world.
~ Hosam Zowa in My Friends
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Quoted from Hisham Matar, My Friends (Random House, 2024)

Hisham Matar, Award-Winning Novelist, Memoirist, and Essayist; Fellow, Royal Society of Literature; Associate Professor, Professional Practice in Comparative Literature, Asia and Middle East Cultures, and English, Barnard College, Columbia University

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Thought for the Day

What is the worth of defending our lives
if we do not seek to protect the lives of others?
~ Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Quoted from Viet Thanh Nguyen, "Palestine Is in Asia: An Asian American Argument for Solidarity" in The Nation, January 29, 2024

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature, University of Southern California; Novelist; Fiction and Nonfiction Writer; Editor; Winner, 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Thought for the Day

[. . .] the truest thing about being human
– the thing deepest down in us –
is not sin but the divine image.
~ Barbara Brown Taylor
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Quoted from Isaac Anderson, "A Conversation with Barbara Brown Taylor" in Image, Issue 97; Online Archive

Barbara Brown Taylor, Episcopal Priest, Teacher, Writer and Author

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Sunday, January 28, 2024

Thought for the Day

Finding time for anything that matters
will always be a challenge. [. . .] 
~ Margaret Renkl
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Quoted from Margaret Renkl, "The Nicest New Year's Resolution I Ever Made," The New York Times, November 21, 2021

Margaret Renkl, Writer, Author, Essayist, Contributing Opinion Writer for The New York Times; Founding Editor, Chapter 16, Humanities Tennessee

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Thought for the Day

[. . .] How lovely 
it would be to become something
that cannot be contained; to become
something so present, yet so far out
of reach that no man even thinks of trying
to lay his hands on it.
~ Tariq Luthun
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Quoted from Tariq Luthun, "I Felt Nothing" in How the Water Holds Me (Bull City Press, 2019), p. 25

Tariq Luthun, Detroit, Michigan-born Poet; Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellow; Community Organizer, Data Consultant

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Thought for the Day

[...] what is more generous than a window?
~ Pat Schneider
 
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Quoted from "The Patience of Ordinary Things" by Pat Schneider in Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems, Phyllis Cole-Dai and Ruby R. Wilson, Eds. (Grayson Books, 2017), p. 33
 
Pat Schneider (1934-2020), American Poet and Writer
 
Susan Bruns Rowe, "A Profile of Pat Schneider" at Literary Mama, March/April 2021

 

Monday, January 8, 2024

Gaza Funeral (Poem)

 
The lucky are those who have someone
        to bury them when they die.
            ~ Doctor in Gaza 


The too-short truce was all the time
they had to bury the dead boy lying
 
in their rubbled apartment. Already
they'd waited four days, the body
 
of their 10-year-old wrapped in
a blanket providing no warmth,
 
his last rites un-mouthed, never
to be heard amid the later bombings.
 
On the fifth day, hurrying past
the broken skeletons of neighbors'
 
burned buildings, the father spied
the guava tree that children used
 
to climb for its juicy, sweet fruits.
In the sand, giving way to the fallen
 
harvest, the father dug a shallow
grave and left his boy to sleep.
 
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The epigraph and some details for this poem come from Raja Abdulrahim's article, "As Gaza Losses Mount Under Strikes, Dignified Burials Are Another Casualty" in The New York Times, January 6, 2024.

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Thought for the Day

[. . .] Light needs such quiet, gentle work.
~ Benjamin Cutler
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Quoted from Benjamin Cutler, "An Invitation to Light" (This is the concluding line of Cutler's poem, which was published in The Shore in 2019, and, more recently, included in the Advent Project, Day 15, December 15, 2023, of Biola University's Center for Christianity, Culture &  the Arts.)

Benjamin Cutler, Poet; English Instructor, Swain County High School, North Carolina