"I think I am trying to reproduce the polyphony that goes on inside me, which I don’t think is radically different from that of other people. After all, one is constantly changing one’s mind and thereby becoming something slightly different." - John Ashbery, from “The Art of Poetry No. 33” in The Paris Review (via hour-glass-sanatorium)
"I submit that the real reason we criticized and disliked Lynch’s Laura’s muddy bothness is that it required of us an empathetic confrontation with the exact same muddy bothness in ourselves and our intimates that makes the real world of moral selves so tense and uncomfortable, a bothness we go to the movies to get a couple hours’ fucking relief from."
—David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again
"The purpose of poetry is to remind us
how difficult it is to remain just one person,
for our house is open,
there are no keys in the doors,
and invisible guests come in and out at will." - Czeslaw Milosz, from “Ars Poetica?” (via hour-glass-sanatorium)
"Day by day and night by night we were together— all else has long
been forgotten by me" - Walt Whitman
"In America, teachers are either seen as angelic or caustic, saviors or sycophants. These stereotypes enable politicians to convince the public to support the latest education fad or slash needed budgets. The reality is we teach because we love to help kids, and we think literature is a way to examine and understand our complex lives. We do our best to help students inhabit the world of novels. The worlds of those texts might be imagined, but the emotions are palpable and authentic. We do real work in public schools. That, I can assure you, is not fiction." -
“dfw: I don’t think irony’s meant to synergize with anything as heartfelt as sadness. I think the main function of contemporary irony is to protect the speaker from being interpreted as naive or sentimental.”
Hello, dearest loves. We’re breaking our Tumblr radio silence for a big announcement: the bedfellows website is now live!
All of issue 1 is viewable HERE, along with photos of our contributors’ beds. (This is where the magic happens, y’all.) We hope you enjoy!
YOU GUYS, THIS POETRY BABY HAS A PERMANENT ONLINE HOME. Maybe I’m just a bit biased as co-editor, but god damn there’s some really great work in here. Please check it out & let me know what you think!
"since, realistically, it is hard to avoid passing through the world of work, the opportunist enters it with the attitude of the looter and the ruthlessness of the deceiver. the gift of honesty, and especially that of publicly presenting one’s true aims and reasons, so often myopically invoked by many radicals, should be kept for other, more worthy spaces. for work, we should reserve all the lies we have." - federico campagna, “squandering: the case for disrespectful opportunism" (via karaj)
Poet Marty McConnell has dedicated her Tumblr to showcasing the many, many misattributions of her fantastic poem, “Frida Kahlo to Marty McConnell”. So many mediums (!), so much absurdity. It’s hilarious, but also anxiety-inducing. It must be so goddamn frustrating to see the potential audience for your art (tens of thousands of people have viewed & reblogged this falsely attributed work, in whole or in part) & know that they have no. fucking. clue. who actually created it.
Relatedly, I once saw a post (w/ many thousands of reblogs) featuring a giant block of Neruda poetry that had been reworked into a block of prose, attributed to García Márquez, & made into a lovely letterpress Valentine. So bizarre. Like, how does this nonsense originate? Does anyone look up anything anymore? Is Tumblr the Wild West of internet [mis]quotation sharing?
… I mean like, this never would’ve happened on LiveJournal.