Category: first lines

It happened quickly.

It happened quickly.

It happened quickly.

It happened quickly.

“It is near the end now.”—Carolyn Forché, firs…

“It is near the end now.”

Carolyn Forché, first line from What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance (Penguin Press, 2019), featured in Page One in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine

“It is near the end now.”—Carolyn Forché, firs…

“It is near the end now.”

Carolyn Forché, first line from What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance (Penguin Press, 2019), featured in Page One in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine

My name doesn’t matter.

My name doesn’t matter.

Listen, before Hark, was it ever harder to be …

Listen, before Hark, was it ever harder to be human?

One day as a child of eight or nine I went to …

One day as a child of eight or nine I went to school, sat down in my plastic chair, and proceeded to forget how to write.

I am beginning to comprehend / the mystery / o…

I am beginning to comprehend / the mystery / of the gift of suffering.

“The beginning is always difficult.”—Marilyn C…

“The beginning is always difficult.”

Marilyn Chin, first line from A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems (Norton, 2018), featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine

Way back—oh, not all that long ago, actually, …

Way back—oh, not all that long ago, actually, just a couple of years, but back before I’d gotten a glimpse of the gears and levers and pulleys that dredge the future up from the earth’s core to its surface—I was going to a lot of parties.