"A precise emotion needs a precise expression. If what I feel is not precise then should I call it love? …. I am desperately looking the other way so that love won’t see me."
Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body. (Always close by)
Realizing you’ve out grown something but haven’t quite grown into the next thing yet, or, how to climb in after climbing out.
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I celebrated my one year anniversary in the city last week. These are some pictures I took the first week I lived here, apartment hunting. Packing up my first apartment here, getting ready to move to another a few train stops up. I didn’t know what it looked like when I first moved here, and I still don’t know. But, it’s been one hell of a few hundred days. Making it through the winter deserves it’s own merit badge, and that goes to any of you Chicago dwellers. I’m going to do my best to stay defrosted and on my toes this next one.
35mm // July (pt. 2) I am outside & they are inside
35mm // July.
"If poetry students don’t read broadly, why should anyone else? They read only their contemporaries, no interest in the past as present. Every writing program or conference should offer refresher zones—reading without writing for a brief or long while. Fill up the well if you want to be a writer. We live in an age where you can celebrify yourself instantly. You can pimp yourself in poetry or fiction overnight—anybody can publish anything now because of the Internet. With no critical standards and little reading, we aren’t talking about imaginative writing anymore. We’re talking about a cottage industry and the creation of artifacts and trinkets. The solitude of the writing experience—solitude that reads and converses with the great dead—seems an enemy of technology. Though, finally, I don’t believe this is true. There are poets of all ages who are not threatened by technology but do not have to use it as a club—in both senses of the word."
Carol Muske-Dukes, from “Those Who Hope Not to Be Erased: An Interview with Carol Muske-Dukes" by Alex Dueben, Paris Review (8 July 2014)