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As I sat on the brick stoop reading the words, I felt a strange certainty, as if I were falling. I was hearing someone actually articulate a space for uncertainty, melancholy, and suffering that sounded current, electric. This kind of thinking is what I wanted.

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Rainer Maria Rilke (translated from the German by Edward Snow)
I can see that the storms are coming by the trees, which out of stale lukewarm days beat against my anxious windows, and I can hear the distances say things

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Jeff Kass
Sent down a student clearly unprepared to schlep seven pizzas (including one gluten-free) upstairs to the classroom, so I did it for him, an extra ten minutes of my time while another customer’s delivery camped in the car, and I don’t know what kind of class it was, possibly marketing, something in the how-to-make-money-by-lying-to-people genre.

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Anthony Anaxagorou
so gently have the children been washed & scented with lavender. against their will.

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Mary Ruefle
The past has trudged to this one spot with a flashlight in its mouth

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Hasan Alizadeh (translated from the Persian by Rebecca Ruth Gould & Kayvan Tahmasebian)
Nights when you fall in love with her again, when the seabird is gone. A chair, unpleasantly the colour of bones...

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Carl Adamshick
I came home astonished by life being the same

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Rick Barot
I have this notion that if you live long enough, there are three or four great stories that you will have in your life.

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Even before I knew how or why, this blurring of selves (and of borders between body, self and world) was to provide one of the most formative and constant resonances in my own life and poetry. Tzara's "I" is as fluid, elusive and plural as mine is.

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Tristan Tzara (translated from the French by Mary Ann Caws)
I am a horse I am a river I go on clumsily nevertheless I live

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