9 lines in June


Lines new and old that have captivated the editors lately…

  1. “And when white moths were on the wing,”  –W. B. Yeats, “The Song of Wandering Aengus”
  2. “Black birds pace the fields, / waiting patiently like Spanish widows.”  -“Self-Portrait” by Adam Zagajewski
  3. “Blow hope to terror; blow seeing to blind”  (blow pity to envy and soul to mind)  -E.E. Cummings, [“what if a much of a which of a wind”]
  4. “he was easily spotted as a UFO / because of all his beautiful colors”  -Jesus “Papoleto” Melendez,”of a butterfly in el barrio / or a stranger in paradise (From the Nuyorican Poetry Cafe movement)
  5. “remember that / there is a / cat / somewhere / adjusting to the / space of itself / with a calm / and delightful / ease.”  -“Cats and You and Me” –Charles Bukowski
  6. “Would you compare your education to a disease so rare no one else has ever had it, or the deliberate extermination of indigenous populations  -“Intake Interview,” Franz Wright
  7. “in fact / I’m looking for courage, for some evidence / my life will change, though / it takes forever, checking / each clump for the symbolic leaf, and soon the summer is ending, already / the leaves turning, always the sick trees / going first”  -from “Matins” by Louise Gluck
  8. “Comeback in broad day / To the same place, the same face, the same brute / Amused shout: / “A miracle!” / That knocks me out.”  -from “Lady Lazarus” by Sylvia Plath
  9.  “I stuffed night’s hem into my mouth”  -from “Nocturnal Dimensions of the Future” by Christine Hume

Let us know what writing is inspiring you lately– share below the lines you’re reading! What writers do you have on the brain?

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