What we’re reading in March


Lines new and old that have inspired us this month…


  • “In the heavy fashion magazines strewn here and there around the house the photos of objects and people mouth the word “money,” but you, assuming no one wants you anymore, mishear the message as “meaning.” Arousal follows.”  —Jennifer Moxley,  “The Atrophy of Private Life”


  • “As a girl / it was a quest, to feel exploded every second.”  —Meghan O’Rourke, “Sun in Days”


  • “Sithen the sege and the assault was sesed at Troye, / The borgh brittened and brent to brondes and askes” / (After the siege and the assault was ceased at Troy, / The city crumbled and burned to brands and ashes”)  the Pearl Poet, “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight


  • “Ochre cannon balls / falling / next to blanc pebbles”  —Victor Hernandez Cruz, “Red Beans”


  • “A sigh, a silence, a word, a sentence, a din, a hand, the whole of your model, his face, in repose, in movement, in profile, full face, an immense view, a restricted space…Each thing exactly in its place: your only resources.”  —Robert Bresson, Notes on the Cinematographer


  • “Did you miss me? / Come and kiss me. / Never mind my bruises, / Hug me, kiss me, suck my juices / Squeez’d from / goblin fruits for you, / Goblin pulp and goblin dew.”  –Christina Rossetti, “Goblin Market.”


  • “In the hospital parking lot, / the huge perspiring priest opened / his trunk and gave me / such lemons: enormous absurd.”  —Marianne Boruch, “In the hospital parking lot”


  • “When I step outside / I wear the night / like an enormous costume.”  —by Matt Rasmussen, “Elegy in X Parts”


  • “Time past and time future / Allow but a little consciousness.”  —T.S. Eliot, “Burnt Norton”

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