science-junkie:

An identification chart of 42 North American butterflies.

By artist Eleanor Lutz. You can find the full sized GIF here or pick up a poster for your room here.

humansofnewyork:

"What happened to your arm?"
"I was walking down the stairs and looking at the stars."
(Amman, Jordan)

paintedout:

To imagine a language is to imagine a form of life.

Cy Twombly

aseaofquotes:

Virginia Woolf, The Waves

We try.

memoryslandscape:

Finally, what I want from poetry is akin to what Flaubert wanted from novels. He thought they should make us dream. I want a poem, through its precisions and accuracies, to make me remember what I know, or what I might have known if I hadn’t been constrained by convention or habit.

Stephen Dunn, from “Notes,” Walking Light: Essays and Memoirs (W. W. Norton & Co., 1993)

amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Andre Dubus II, born 11 August 1936, died 24 February 1999

Eight Quotes

  1. I love short stories because I believe they are the way we live. They are what our friends tell us, in their pain and joy, their passion and rage, their yearning and their cry against injustice.
  2. Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people.
  3. It is not hard to live through a day, if you can live through a moment.
  4. A story can always break into pieces while it sits inside a book on a shelf; and, decades after we have read it even twenty times, it can open us up, by cut or caress, to a new truth.
  5. Don’t quit. It’s very easy to quit during the first 10 years. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.
  6. What is art if not a concentrated and impassioned effort to make something with the little we have, the little we see?
  7. Fear is a ghost; embrace your fear, and all you’ll see in your arms is yourself.
  8. But the writer who endures and keeps working will finally know that writing the book was something hard and glorious, for at the desk a writer must try to be free of prejudice, meanness of spirit, pettiness, and hatred; strive to be a better human being than the writer normally is, and to do this through concentration on a single word, and then another, and another. This is splendid work, as worthy and demanding as any, and the will and resilience to do it are good for the writer’s soul.

Dubus was an American short story writer. He is the author of Selected Stories and Meditations from a Movable Chair.

Source for Image

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

amospoe:

“Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking.” ― Paul Valéry
(photo: gisele freund)

amospoe:

“Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking.” 
― Paul Valéry

(photo: gisele freund)

Cambridge street art

bostonpoetryworldcup:

Boston Poetry World Cup!

This weekend in Cambridge!

bostonpoetryworldcup:

Boston Poetry World Cup!

amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, James A. Baldwin, born 2 August 1924, died 1 December 1987

10 Quotes

  1. You write in order to change the world … if you alter, even by a millimetre, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.
  2. Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.
  3. You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.
  4. Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
  5. The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.
  6. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.
  7. People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.
  8. I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
  9. I can’t believe what you say, because I see what you do.
  10. Life is tragic simply because the earth turns and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time.

Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. He is well known for his essays, collected in Notes of a Native Son, and his first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write