"It was like seeing the word HOTEL echoing through the city and feeling the urge to take off your clothes in the taxi, and then to see how much if any of your skin you can take off, to get down to something you own."
— Donna Stonecipher, from “Model City” (The Paris Review no. 205)
"When I was a child, about eight years old, I went to stay with a family and I picked up a copy of The Waves that happened to be at my bedside. It was the first book by Virginia Woolf I ever looked at. I read the pages at the beginning, where the children are speaking in single phrases. I just thought, This is my language, even though I had only read two pages and didn’t know what was going on. So I think that primal, childlike reading, where you know nothing, is very important."
— Hermione Lee, The Paris Review no. 205
1996 by Sara Peters
This is what I wrote in my notebook as I read Sara Peters’ brilliant 1996. Somehow the notes I made, spaced and toothed like Peters’ own work, lean at a tweezered precision I can’t quite get at in prose. These chevrons pointing right up my arms, separated by Peters’ parts, cool metals on the corners of the insides of my elbows.
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"desperate to align myself with the ringing I was always hearing, eager to make the pulse in my skull a sharable surge"
— Maureen N. McLane, My Poets (via emmaylor)
[In which I binge on Anne Carson before graduating & losing access to my school’s library; & oh, it was good.]
Anne Carson, The Beauty of the Husband—Raw scorching lines; perfect use of Keats; kickass titles; some of the poems in here read in this video (starting at 12:50, but before that she reads some of her short talks so that’s worth watching too).
Marina Tsetaeva (tr. Angela Livingstone), Art in the Light of Conscience—I love how she writes about other poets & about capital-p Poetry; sometimes her essays run on a little longer than they need to due to their circularity, but I love her too much to care.
Anne Carson, Nox—Summed by a line from the book itself: “But all those little kidnaps in the dark.”
Up on ze writing blog!