Category: first lines

“the blood is red the blues is red the blues / is blood the red is dirt the dirt is brown”

t’ai freedom ford, first lines from & more black (Augury Books, 2019), featured in Page One in the July/August issue of Poets & Writers Magazine (2019)

It happened quickly.

It happened quickly.

“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, 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.

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

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 / of the gift of suffering.

“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