“Remember: despite how open, peaceful and loving you attempt to be, people can only meet you, as deeply as they’ve met themselves.”
"[On] 'poems that are more like poems'... There is something really important that happened for me when I began reading work that I couldn't fully understand. There was a resistance in me initially, and there was a kind of giving-in that happened that was really important for me as a poet, and it freed-up a lot of space around what I was allowed to like and desire and engage with. There is a work that poetry did around freeing up that space around language and allowing me to like some weird stuff that wasn't legible to everyone (including myself). So, that's a type of poetry that I think should exist in the world. I don't expect everyone to like it, but I do."
— Raquel Salas Rivera, in conversation with Candace Williams
When you travel, Elizabeth Hardwick once wrote, the first lesson you learn is that you do not exist.
∆ Brian Dillon, "Suppose A Sentence"
To be a philosopher you need only three things. First, infinite intellectual eros: endless curiosity about everything. Second, the ability to pay attention: to be rapt by what is in front of you without seizing it yourself, the care of concentration - in the way you might look closely, without touching, at the green lacewing fly, overwintering silently on the kitchen wall. Third, acceptance of pathlessness (aporia): that there may be no solutions to questions, only the clarification of their statement. Eros, attention, acceptance.
— Gillian Rose, Paradisio