when I have to do something other than writing
Elegy with Lies
This lost person I loved. Loved for a hundred years. When I find her. Find her in a forest. In a cabin under smoke and clouds shaped like smoke. When I find her and call her name (nothing) and knock (nothing) and build a machine that believes it’s God and the machine calls her name (nothing) and knocks (nothing). When I tear the machine down and she runs from the cabin pointing a gun at my...
Does it matter that what you’ve achieved, with your online special and your tour...– Louis C. K. on success and hard work, echoing F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous words that “nothing any good isn’t hard” and Debbie Millman’s sage advice that “things take a long time; practice patience.” (via explore-blog) Right on, Louis CK, right on.
Note Left for my Former Self
I’ve seen a group of farm kids hypnotize a rabbit by pinning it on its back then stroking its neck. This is what I think of when I see you in the night— not the trick, but the distress call we manage to send out while we are pinned to our stillness. —Michael McGriff, from Home Burial
When you ask me how my thesis is going
cwmfawtf: this. this is my life.
It’s a wonder why or how we’re ever even a little hard on ourselves or each...– Self Absorption at Discount Prices.: An Open Letter To Everything
apoetreflects: “The problem with love poetry is that it must be felt and written by humans, who never feel one feeling at a time. I mean, love has fear in it. And guilt and misery and a special kind of hallucinating loneliness (says James Wright). The problem for the poet is how to get such a hodgepodge into one coherent space.” —Adrian Blevins, from “How to Write Love Poems” by Jeremy Richards...
things I need:
thumbtacks, another bookshelf, self-discipline. unfortunately only two of these three things can be purchased at target.
First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites...– Vonnegut, adding to our favorite advice on writing. (via explore-blog)
I hate tricks. … Writers don’t need tricks or gimmicks or even necessarily need...– Raymond Carver, adding to our archive of insight on writing. (via explore-blog)
note to self:
you don’t focus enough on the things that are good. there are so many many good things.
about to run 20 miles because somehow I’ve become the kind of person who runs 20 miles FOR FUN.
I beg you to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to...– Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters To A Young Poet (via naisae)
The great thing about poetry is that it is simply not ‘commodifiable.’...– Marie Howe (via thebronzemedal)
So, go ahead, imagine a form of life. Imagine your life. Think about what you...– With All My Road, Richard Siken (via clicheasfuck)
icelandiclanguage: [T]here is this Icelandic word skúffuskáld, which means someone who’s secretly a poet. It literally means “drawer poet”, someone who writes poetry but chugs it all into his desk drawer instead of showing it to people.
Writing is a very, very unnatural act. Most people are out living—their bodies...– Mary Ruefle, in conversation with Alice Quinn at the NYU Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, September 6, 2012. (via Books Matter)
Just bought tickets to a Jack White concert
It’s happening at the end of this month, & I’m excited. This is the year of crossing things off the bucket list—write a book (ok so it’s my thesis but still, it will be book-length & I will have written it), run a marathon, see Jack White before I die. I guess I could write something about Goals but what I want to say, really, is that there’s nothing more...
If you are lucky, you stop seeing the world as a series of things you do not...– Sarah Hepola, Every Woman Should Travel Alone (via sarakatherine)
Drinking With Tim Riggins: An Introduction →
drinkingwithtimriggins: My name is Isaac Fitzgerald. I have recently discovered my new favorite show, Drinking With Tim Riggins. It is a damn fine show. Here on drinkingwithtimriggins.tumblr.com I will drink while watching said show and share the adventures of our intoxicating, intoxicated hero with you, the two… If I can’t marry a vintner I’d like to marry Isaac Fitzgerald.
Every senior citizen on earth is on this cruise. I’m using the Internet in a McDonalds in Newfoundland.
I think you often have that sense when you write—that if you can spot...– Nora Ephron, from Heartburn
What I Read in June 2012
1. Running the Rift, Naomi Benaron I liked this book because it didn’t do what I expected it to. I checked it out from the library ON MY KINDLE, which is one of my new favorite things. 2. Walking to Martha’s Vineyard, Franz Wright Read this in a single afternoon in Barnes & Noble. It made me feel serene and reminded me of how good poetry can be even if it’s quiet. ...