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"Life is still life, whatever its pangs."
—  Charlotte Brontë, Villette

"Come to us on your hands.
All you can read, alone
with a lamp, is your palm."
—  Paul Celan, from Glottal Stop, trans. Nikolai Popov and Heather McHugh

Brassaï, The Right Hand of Picasso, 1943

Brassaï, The Right Hand of Picasso, 1943


"We suffer from a repression of the sublime."
—  Roberto Assagioli, Psychosynthesis

"Music moves in me. Shapes I’ve needed to complete. Listen, listen hard."
—  Carole Maso, AVA

"Choose carefully
all you are going to lose, though any of it would do."
—  Jane Hirshfield, from “On the Beach” in The Lives of the Heart

Duane Michals, from The Spirit Leaves the Body, 1968

Duane Michals, from The Spirit Leaves the Body, 1968


"Comforter, where, where is your comforting?"
—  Gerard Manley Hopkins, from “[No worst, there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief]

"Elegy’s the only necessary form."
—  Kathleen Ossip, from “Elegies

Robert Duncan, photographed by Jonathan Williams, 1955

Robert Duncan, photographed by Jonathan Williams, 1955


"Listen to the nothing. Be the blank."
—  Edmond Jabès, from The Book of Margins, trans. Rosmarie Waldrop

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"For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business."
—  T. S. Eliot, from “East Coker” in The Four Quartets

"A not admitting of the wound
Until it grew so wide
That all my Life had entered it"
—  Emily Dickinson, from “[1188]

J. M. W. Turner, Storm at Sea, c. 1824

J. M. W. Turner, Storm at Sea, c. 1824