Category Archives: writing

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.  – Anais Nin

Poetry is the process of baring one’s fragile soul to the world & having talentless critics trod upon it as if it were a tavern doormat.

Edgar Allan Poe @ twitter

The Secret

Two girls discover
the secret of life
in a sudden line of
poetry.

I who don’t know the
secret wrote
the line. They
told me

(through a third person)
they had found it
but not what it was,
not even

what line it was. No doubt
by now, more than a week
later, they have forgotten
the secret,

the line, the name of
the poem. I love them
for finding what
I can’t find,

and for loving me
for the line I wrote,
and for forgetting it
so that

a thousand times, till death
finds them, they may
discover it again, in other
lines,

in other
happenings. And for
wanting to know it,
for

assuming there is
such a secret, yes,
for that
most of all.

– Denise Levertov

The strongest memory is weaker
than the palest ink.

– Chinese Proverb

A written word is the choicest of relics.  It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art.  It is the work of art nearest to life itself.  It may be translated into every language, and not only be read but actually breathed from all human lips;–not be represented on canvas or in marble only, but be carved out of the breath of life itself.  The symbol of an ancient man’s thought becomes a modern man’s speech.

Henry D. Thoreau – – Walden

All I need is a sheet of paper
and something to write with, and then
I can turn the world upside down.

– Friedrich Nietzsche, Die Weisse und die Schwarze Kunst

We make for your sake such things as stand fast,
Through the ages these pages forever will last.
On blank paper the printer sets down what is heard,
Giving life to what’s rife with the power of the word.

– Michael Kongehl, “On the White Art”, Die Weisse und die Schwarze Kunst

“You don’t necessarily have to write to be a poet. Some people work in gas stations and they’re poets. I don’t call myself a poet because I don’t like the word. I’m a trapeze artist.”

– Bob Dylan

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.~ Maya Angelo

[via The Toltec Center]

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”

— Louis L’Amour

 

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