Category Archives: Inspirational

Pursuing the Muse

What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat,’…. And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.
Maya Angelou
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Poetry: Property of the Soul

Poetry is ultimately mythology, the telling of the stories of the soul. This would seem to be an introverted, even solipsistic, enterprise if it were not that these stories recount the soul’s passage through the valley of this life–that is to say, its adventure in time, in history.
Stanley Kunitz, from “Speaking of Poetry” Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected (W. W. Norton, 1985)
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A Simple Request

“The world is full of paper.

Write to me.

Agha Shahid Ali, from “Stationery,” The Half-Inch Himalayas (Wesleyan, 1987)
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It wasn’t my fault I stayed up reading in the dark when I was supposed to be asleep. Some books just begged to be read, and you couldn’t say no.
Lending Light by Rose Christo
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The Importance of Words

Because without our language, we have lost ourselves. Who are we without our words?
Melina Marchetta, Finnikin of the Roc
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Promises, Promises

I will write that book, I promise. It will tell a story, even though I’m the worst story teller ever. And between the vulnerable and brave words on the first page, you will find your name; I promise.
Yara, I Will Write That Book


“This bit of paper remembers you, each of you,
Pablo Neruda, from “Cristobal Miranda,” Twenty Poems (The Sixties Press, 1967)
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A Life Beyond Life

A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.
John Milton
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Salvation In Words

Because it was, in part, through reading and writing that I found a kind of salvation from the dark.
Matt Haig, Reasons to Stay Alive
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Quote of the Week

The Noisy Songbird

“I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.”

Edgar Allan Poe

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