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Yes, I am Irish and Indian, which would be the…

Yes, I am Irish and Indian, which would be the coolest blend in the world if my parents were around to teach me how to be Irish and Indian. But they’re not here and haven’t been for years, so I’m not really Irish or Indian. I am a blank sky, a human solar eclipse.

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You say you felt a presence, but I only sensed…

You say you felt a presence, but I only sensed an absence. A vague pain without a source. I was like a patient who cannot tell the doctor where it hurts, only that it does.

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booksquoteslit:

“To say goodbye is to die a little.”

Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

“I’ve decided I don’t always have to be writin…

“I’ve decided I don’t always have to be writing. I let myself live and try to let go of the pressure to always physically write. In some ways it feels like I’m collecting feeling. That’s not to say I don’t sit down and try regularly to get something on the page, but it might not look like a poem. It might look like writing in a journal about what I’ve seen and heard that day. That process helps me feel more willing to listen to what’s possible rather than predetermine what I think I should be on the page.”

Analicia Sotelo, in “Wilder Forms: Our Fourteenth Annual Look at Debut Poets” in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine (2019); read the extended version on pw.org!

Even the contemplative life is only an effort,…

Even the contemplative life is only an effort, Nora my dear, to hide the body so the feet won’t stick out.

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“If you have a weakness, you have to work hard to defend it. You can’t be lazy about it.”

Becca Fitzpatrick, Black Ice