A la recherche du temps perdu











"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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That is all.


"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


"In me is wrought the grotesque fantasy of a demon."
—  E. M. Cioran, On the Heights of Despair, trans. Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston

"We lie all our life long, especially indeed, perhaps only, to those people who love us."
—  Marcel Proust, The Fugitive, trans. Moncrieff, Kilmartin, and Enright

"I would dread to feel that we were separated even by these sentences."
—  Gerald Murnane, adapted from A Million Windows

My review of Gerald Murnane’s A Million Windows is in the new issue of The Quarterly Conversation.

My review of Gerald Murnane’s A Million Windows is in the new issue of The Quarterly Conversation.


"I call the dead as often as I can."
—  Keith Waldrop, from “An Apparatus

"I am only writing this down so that when you do not see me any more you will know that my enemy has finally triumphed."
—  Anna Kavan, Asylum Piece

"Who is this I that says I ?"
—  Dan Beachy-Quick, adapted from “Lines

Michelangelo Antonioni, Il deserto rosso, 1964

Michelangelo Antonioni, Il deserto rosso, 1964