"My brother once showed me a piece of quartz that contained, he said, some trapped water older than all the seas in our world. He held it up to my ear. ‘Listen,’ he said, ‘life and no escape.’"

Anne Carson, Plainwater
Aleksandra Waliszewska

Aleksandra Waliszewska

‘Incessant Movement’ - Julian Stanczak

Incessant Movement’ - Julian Stanczak

Kris Mukai

Kris Mukai

"You have had love, and that means
your sternum is a divining rod
for both passion and grief. Because the tongue is the body’s
strongest muscle, make it say
joy. Make it say I am a factory of splendid things. Make it say
the octopus is the smartest animal
in the animal kingdom, and I am an octopus. I am an octopus.
I am happy. My survival
was not an accident, or purposeless."

Marty McConnell, 'Zoo'

Pain skull, 2014


Pain skull, 2014

All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,

"You owe me."

What happens
With a love like that,
It lights the whole sky.”


‘The Pear’  - Konstantin Antioukhin

The Pear’  - Konstantin Antioukhin

Thomas Blackshear

Thomas Blackshear

"My love, take these walls, these wars.
          Dull my blades. I am tired of the hunt.

I’ve laid my only words at your feet. Open for me.
          I want to know, be known. Want and be wanted."

Jeanann Verlee, from “Your Mouth Is a Church, I Forgot How to Pray,” Nailed

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"If someday the moon calls you by your name don’t be surprised,
Because every night I tell her about you."

Shahrazad al-Khalij

and so i ate myself
bite by bite
and the tears washed me
wave after cowardly wave