But it’s the having
not the keeping that is the treasure.
Jack Gilbert
theparisreview:

“The hardest thing in the world is simplicity.” —James Baldwin, born on this day in 1924.

theparisreview:

“The hardest thing in the world is simplicity.” —James Baldwin, born on this day in 1924.

It’s Very Cold Out And Love Does Not Exist Also
From Every Russian Novel Ever.  (via monkeypenny)

(via monkeypenny)

"All hearts float in their own

deep oceans of no light,

wetblack and glimmering,

their four mouths gulping like fish.

Hearts are said to pound:

this is to be expected, the heart’s

regular struggle against being drowned.

 

But most hearts say, I want, I want,

I want, I want. My heart

is more duplicitous,

though no twin as I once thought.

It says, I want, I don’t want, I

want, and then a pause.”


                       — Margaret Atwood

… — I mean the conscious heart, the fact that we are the only things in the entire universe that know true consciousness. We’re the only things—leaving religion out of it—we’re the only things in the world that know spring is coming.

Jack Gilbert, The Art of Poetry No. 91, the Paris Review Interview

(via lopesided)

The Abandoned Valley

oofpoetry:

Can you understand being alone so long
you would go out in the middle of the night
and put a bucket into the well
so you could feel something down there
tug at the other end of the rope?

Jack Gilbert

katiecouric:

SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talked to me about her 35 page Hobby Lobby dissent. Watch the full interview here.

"hallelujah for knowledge and for the honor of language and ideas and books."

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