I have this odd collection of quotes on my wall.
Some are so old, I have no memory of where they come from.
Here are a few:
1. "I heard a voice through a cloud of agony and sickness. The voice was asking me questions. It seemed to be opening and closing like a concertina. The words were loud, as the swelling notes of an organ, then they melted into the tiniest wiry tinkle in a glass." Denton Welch
2. "Lazy but brown, she can only be discussed in telegrams. I always see her going down the Avenue of September 19 to the bridge, which she doesn't cross. The woman from Wallachia wearing her beloved fur with nothing underneath . . . " Gunter Eich.
3. "We are immortal. I know it sounds like a joke. I know because I met the exception to the rule, I know the only mortal there is. He told me his story in a bar . . . " Julio Cortazar (?)
4. "We prefer the idea of continuing with a new body, like changing our clothes." Thich Nhat Hanh
5. " A poem is a device designed to create a mood in the reader that is similar to the mood its author was in while composing it. Right --
Poem: Early Spring.
Morning temperature on the Hochschneeberg: 34 F
Snow falling, in the form of rain.
Young Helga, weeping, is scouring the terrain for primroses." Peter Altenberg
AWP in Minneapolis, and recommended reading
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