The Affliction

Jaggedly, I move to and fro
my ribcage breaking, breaking, breaking.

This fresh ooze of insignificance clogs arteries,
interrupts the blood flow and constricts my
tenuous heart.

It cripples me where I stand.

My knees buckle like swollen fruit;
sickeningly fragile and weak.

I choke out tears in ripples, each fresh droplet
slinking off my face in curdled waves.

The bleakest black and the darkest dark is coming.

I can feel it quake and (pop, pop, pop)
my chest bursts open and more ooze oozes out,
scalding the floor, leaving holes in the linoleum—–
Gouging out more furrows of embarrassment.

It is depression; it is the things you never wanted
to see as a child, hibernating within yourself.

It is the amplified feeling of despair, which steals your
meals and laughter and thoughts and sleep until
you cannot move an inch from your bedroom.

It is the jagged chorus of the sternum cracking,
as you disconnect from yourself, unflinching and

Break, break, break, breaking, breaking then
(swoosh) breaking and broken.

Your body finally stops from it’s eternal shaking;
the sludge of the past sinks you deeper into it’s
snare until there is no more you nor anymore
chance to sink at sea.

You have already sunk.

You (I) have already said goodbye to yourself.

This is the unforgivable curse of feeling,
it leaves you (myself) forever (for always)
coffin cold.

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Write On Your Own Books

A valid (and slightly humorous) short defending the validity of note taking in your books. Follow the link , watch the video and then decide if marginalia is right for you.

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Haruki Murakami’s ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki’ and the Emo Pleasures of His Endless Clichés

Originally posted on Flavorwire:

It’s an old cliché to speak of Haruki Murakami’s old clichés, all the talking cats and simple meals and favorite LPs. There’s a Murakami drinking game and interactive Murakami Bingo and a generic Murakami parody titled “The Mysterious Disappearance of the Strangely Beautiful Woman.” In the Japanese literary superstar’s latest, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, the stylizations arrive right on schedule for the trainspotters. But, in a silent way, Murakami seems both self-aware of his tics and comfortably at play with them, constructing his familiar and elaborate dreaminess from the usual materials. Especially compared to 2011’s massive 1Q84, Tsukuru is one of Murakami’s more earthbound efforts — spoiler: no talking cats — though the weirdness builds on itself with a masterful sleight of hand, anyway.

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Be Epic


(via malfoymannor:)

epic songs to write to, a playlist for writers:

time, hans zimmer; misty mountains, howard shore; what are you going to do when you’re not saving the world?, hans zimmer; genius next door, regina spektor; hedwig’s theme, john williams; star trek’s main theme, michael giacchino; london calling, michael giacchino; mhysa, ramin djawadi; courtyard apocalypse, alexandre desplat; main title, ramin djawadi; cosmic love, florence + the machine; your ghost, greg laswell; one day more, les mis cast; veni, veni emmanuel, libera; oblivion, bastille;

Listen to it here:

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The Waves of Language

“The migrations of millions of verbs, wings and claws, seeds and hands;
the nouns, bony and full of roots, planted on the waves of language”
— Octavio Paz


Words Keep Us Connected

“Some people would like you to believe that a book consists of relationships between words, but that’s not true: It is in fact about relationships between people.”
— Joël Dicker (The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair)


Grammar Hammer: Punctuation Saves Lives, Part II


Become grammar ninjas with this helpful cheat sheet.

Originally posted on Beyond Bylines:


Part one of our “Punctuation Saves Lives” series covered the heavy hitters of periods, commas, question marks, exclamation points, colons, semicolons, dashes, and hyphens. Part two wraps up with brackets, parentheses, braces, ellipses, quotation marks, and apostrophes.



Groups – brackets, parentheses, and braces

Use parentheses ( ) to contain additional thoughts or qualifying remarks (I consider these to be my “verbal asides”).

Brackets [ ] are most often seen in technical notations or explanations.


  • “Dogs are better than [sic] cats,” said Shannon.   
  • Eva took [her colleague] Caitlin out to lunch.

Braces { } are used to contain two or more lines of text to show they are part of a unit. You don’t often see braces in writing, but you will see it used in computer programming.

And finally, ones that aren’t related to each other at all – ellipses, quotation marks, and apostrophes

Ellipses (…

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