Self Portrait

“It’s hard peeling the layers off your own onion.” — Joni Mitchell *** I highly recommend this documentary if you’re a Joni fan or an artist of any kind.

Multicultural

“The world is now multicultural the same way the world is round. It’s not a selling point, it’s not a ‘quirky’ feature, it’s not a cynical marketing ploy, it’s not an artistic statement, it’s not even a plot device. It’s a fact, like seedless grapes.” — Zadie Smith

Going Forward

“No one can go back, but everyone can go forward. And tomorrow, when the sun rises, all you will have to say to yourself is: I am going to think of this day as the first day of my life.” — Paul Coehlo, “Manuscript found in Accra”

At the Edge

“The beautiful can exist at the edge precisely because it has nothing to lose and everything to give.” – Frederick Turner

Hope

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’” –Alfred Lord Tennyson

Real People

“I think social media allows more access to more poems. And I think it allows me the chance to think about the work of poets I love in a more intimate way since I can see them struggling with teaching and writing and raising kids and living in the moments when it happens. Poetry is … More Real People

Belief

“The love poet is not afraid of -isms or phobias. She believes her love, the love she pours into her poems, overpowers. This belief makes her a vulnerable person on this planet where weapons are known to be sharp or explosive.” — Jericho Brown

Pas de deux

“If those whom we begin to love could know us as we were before meeting them … they could perceive what they have made of us.” —Albert Camus

Finding Another

“Wasn’t friendship its own miracle, the finding of another person who made the entire lonely world seem somehow less lonely?” — From A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Play

“For men and women are not only themselves; they are also the region in which they are born, the city apartment or farm in which they learnt to walk, the games they played as children, the old wives tales they overheard, the food they ate, the schools they attended, the sports they followed, the poets … More Play