Jordan Matter - Dancers After Dark
You are, I think, an evening star, the fairest of all the stars.
Jacquelyn Jablonski photographed by Paul McLean for Harper’s Bazaar Serbia January 2017
You broke the ocean in
half to be here.
Only to meet nothing that wants you.
— Nayyirah Waheed, “Immigrant Song”
Be nobody’s darling; be an outcast.
— Alice Walker, Blue Body Everything We Know: Earthling Poems
How to speak? How to tear apart the skin of words?
— Czeslaw Milosz, from “The Wormwood Star” featured in The Separate Notebooks
I wish I could tell you the melody of the forgotten
Is as beautiful as the melody of the desired
— David St. John, from “Three Jade Dice,” The Auroras: New Poems
Roaring dreams take place in a perfectly silent mind.
— Jack Kerouac
All the hardest, coldest people you meet, were once as soft as water. And that’s the tragedy of living
— Iain S. Thomas
- Haven’t seen you for ages, how are you?
— Sarah Kane, from Sarah Kane: Complete Plays; “Phaedra’s Love,”
…and the sight of it bruised my heart so that I cannot think about anything else.
— Catherynne M. Valente, from Deathless
Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?
— Charles Bukowski, Post Office
I carry silent baggage. I have packed myself into silence so deeply and for so long that I can never unpack myself using words. When I speak, I only pack myself a little differently.
— Herta Müller, tr. by Philip Boehm, from The Hunger Angel: A Novel
Always worth it to have tried, even if you fail, even if you fall like a meteor forever. Better to have flamed in the darkness, to have inspired others, to have lived, than to have sat in the darkness, cursing the people who borrowed, but did not return, your candle.
— Neil Gaiman, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
The cosmos is within us. We are a way for the universe to know itself.
— Carl Sagan
When I know your soul, I will paint your eyes.
— Amadeo Modigliani
I want to do with you
what spring does with
the cherry trees.
— Pablo Neruda
The longing to touch / be touched. I feel gratitude when I touch someone— as well as affection, etc. The person has allowed me proof that I have a body— and that there are bodies in the world.
— Susan Sontag, from As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and Notebooks
But with you I am deeply passionately, unrequitedly in love.
— Virginia Woolf
I think that the power of art is the power to wake us up, strike us to our depths, and change us.
— Jhumpa Lahiri
The more I think about language, the more it amazes me that people ever understand each other at all.
— Kurt Gödel, reproduced in Hao Wang’s biography, Reflections on Kurt Gödel
Wolf: “How long will we be together?”
— Lamb: “Forever more.” Kindred & Wolf
I don’t know what they are called, the spaces between seconds – but I think of you always in those intervals.
— Salvador Plascencia
I don’t scare, I don’t tire, and I don’t stop.
— Illaoi Lol
Then it was another time : there were yellow flowers dropping off the trees : they landed with a sound : who knew flowers had a voice?
— Ali Smith, How to Be Both
One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist…..Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist
— Stephen Hawking
sardar (by masha.demianova)
One of the darkest evils of our world is surely the unteachable wildness of the Good.
— H. G. Wells, A Modern Utopia
with Lola Viande
I will not live without love.
— Vincent van Gogh
What if the moon was essence of quinine
And high heels were a time of day
When certain birds bled
— Frank Stanford, from “In Another Room I Am Drinking Eggs from a Boot,” What About This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford
The imagination is a weapon. Sharpen it
— Michael Lee