9 Lines from the editors

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Lines new and old that have inspired us this month…

  • “When anyone escapes, my heart leaps up. Even when it’s I who am escaped from, I am half on the side of the leaver.” -Sharon Olds, “Stag’s Leap”
  • It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.” -Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451
  • “They will lay the final pattern with these rocks/they will lay it across the world/and explode everything.” – Leslie Marmon Silko, “Long time ago”
  • “impoverished graveyard:  mangy green triangle where two freeways form a crotch” – D. A. Powell, “crematorium at sierra view cemetery next to high school”
  • “Those sounds which oft have raised me, whilst they awed, / And sent my soul abroad, / Might now perhaps their wonted impulse give, / Might startle this dull pain, and make it move and live!” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Dejection: An Ode”
  • “I have wasted my life.” –James Wright
  • “They dined on mince and slices of quince, / Which they ate with a runcible spoon; / And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, / They danced by the light of the moon, / The moon, / The moon, / They danced by the light of the moon.” – Edward Lear, “The Owl and the Pussy-Cat”
  • “The woman startled and pulled away too quickly out of herself, too violently, so that her face remained in her two hands” – Rainer Maria Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
  • “What is a quote? A quote (cognate with quota) is a cut, a section, a slice of someone else’s orange.” – Anne Carson, Decreation

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