over my shoulder

Ryan: “Tenderness and Rot”

Posted on October 6, 2008. Filed under: over my shoulder, quotation |

Tenderness and Rot

by Kay Ryan

Tenderness and rot
share a border.
And rot is an
aggressive neighbor
whose iridescence
keeps creeping over.

No lessons
can be drawn
from this however.

One is not
two countries.
One is not meat
corrupting.

It is important
to stay sweet
and loving.
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The Incomparable Paco

Posted on August 5, 2008. Filed under: over my shoulder, quotation |

Over my shoulder:

“You have to be overindulgent to think that a metaphor is something direct. An arrow homing in on a target painted in black on the wall. It is not. It is dangerous, double-edged material. It is an ambiguous resource. It is the writer who creates it, but it is the reader who reinterprets it, adapting it to his own very particular aches and pains. You do not even own the ribbon in the printer you use.”

— José Daniel Fierro, “the one and only, mixed-up and perplexed Traveling Irrationality Salesman,”
in Paco Ignacio Taibo II’s Leonardo’s Bicycle (174)

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Over My Shoulder

Posted on July 2, 2007. Filed under: over my shoulder, quotation |

Passing Through the Banford Tolls

Proceeding sidewise by inattention I arrive
unknowingly at an unsought destination
and pass it by wondering: what next?

 

—Alan Dugan. Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry (203)

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Over My Shoulder

Posted on April 22, 2007. Filed under: over my shoulder, quotation, reading |

“… reading is the most subversive activity in life. Open any true book and you begin to see the world through somebody else’s eyes. Nothing is more redeeming than that, or more dangerous.”

James Sallis, paraphrasing Paco Ignatio Taibo II
in “Incomparable Paco,” the afterword for the English translation
of Taibo’s An Easy Thing (240)

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Over my shoulder

Posted on March 13, 2007. Filed under: over my shoulder, quotation |

“After reading it I was satisfied but I wasn’t full.”

— Ric, in his cover letter

I love this comment! It is so similar to how I often feel when I “finish” a piece of writing.

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