Hello lovely people of tumblr-land! I know I’ve been terribly neglectful of this account, and I’ve decided it’s time for my newly-pink hair and I to make a fresh start. I’ll be doing so over at lilroseridinghood.tumblr.com, and I’d be delighted if you saw fit to join me :)


advice for artists
(quote found via:toddahh)

As a grad student in theatre, this is one of the best things I’ve ever read.

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Give me the strongest cheese, the one that stinks best;
and I want the good wine, the swirl in crystal
surrendering the bruised scent of blackberries,
or cherries, the rich spurt in the back
of the throat, the holding it there before swallowing.
Give me the lover who yanks open the door
of his house and presses me to the wall
in the dim hallway, and keeps me there until I’m drenched
and shaking, whose kisses arrive by the boatload
and begin their delicious diaspora
through the cities and small towns of my body.
To hell with the saints, with martyrs
of my childhood meant to instruct me
in the power of endurance and faith,
to hell with the next world and its pallid angels
swooning and sighing like Victorian girls.
I want this world. I want to walk into
the ocean and feel it trying to drag me along
like I’m nothing but a broken bit of scratched glass,
and I want to resist it. I want to go
staggering and flailing my way
through the bars and back rooms,
through the gleaming hotels and weedy
lots of abandoned sunflowers and the parks
where dogs are let off their leashes
in spite of the signs, where they sniff each
other and roll together in the grass, I want to
lie down somewhere and suffer for love until
it nearly kills me, and then I want to get up again
and put on that little black dress and wait
for you, yes you, to come over here
and get down on your knees and tell me
just how fucking good I look

Kim Addonizio, For Desire (via yesyes)

UNF. Yes, absolutely yes.

(Been a while, y’all! But I’m still here.)

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Well, let it pass, he thought; April is over, April is over. There are all kinds of love in the world, but never the same love twice. 

- F. Scott Fitzgerald, from “A Sensible Thing”

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there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do —
determined to save
the only life you could save.
Mary Oliver (via cartographe)
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When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it is over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.

Mary Oliver, from When Death Comes (via cartographe)
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at first i could not extricate you from my words. like trying to report on a train crash without describing the train. at first i tried to speak & found you stuck at the back of my throat like splintered matches threatening to ignite. now i write about you like a paleontologist unearthing fossils. when centuries of dust are brushed from their spines the dinosaurs do not feel pain. when i walk into the cave of what used to be our love it is with torches held high & blazing. i am only here to salvage myself. your wreckage can no longer wound me. at first everywhere i went i became lost in the sorrow of you, dark & drowning. now i am like the sign outside the baptist church downtown: “i go but i do not disappear.”

five--a--day said: I've been looking through your writing tonight and I can't tell you how magnificent you are. And I hate words like that. I hate to say you're "magnificent" or "beautiful" or even "talented." Those words don't seem real. Instead I want to tell you that your words are the pulse that beats in my wrist.

if only i had the words for how much this means to me! i’m always so deeply moved by your writing, & it’s beyond flattering to know that the resonance exists in both directions. i just want to put this message on my wall & look at it every time i’m feeling stuck. thank you, thank you, thank you. <3   

When I write a poem, I process experience. I take what’s inside me—the raw, chaotic material of feeling or memory—and translate it into words and then shape those words into the rhythmical language we call a poem. This process brings me a kind of wild joy. Before I was powerless and passive in the face of my confusion, but now I am active: the powerful shaper of my experience. I am transforming it into a lucid meaning.
Because poems are meanings, even the saddest poem I write is proof that I want to survive. And therefore it represents an affirmation of life in all its complexities and contradictions.

—Gregory Orr, from “The Making of Poems,” as heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, February 20, 2006.

via A Poet Reflects

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