Vespertine

September 29, 2018

Dear night: It was so warm
under you that I offered
but you refused
to endure. You won’t remember
me. (We danced. I was the one
in the dark. I was wearing
this face.) In daylight, I’m an acre of empty
desert, anyway. A spent white flower. A pale
honey scent wilted away.
And I’m having this dream:
I am mourned by millions.
I died young and I was so, so pretty.

Camille Rankine,

reasons for writing

September 29, 2018

Saul Leiter

I’m often asked when I started writing. But the important question is not when do writers start, but why.

My own reasons for writing, for setting down the story, are to a large extent selfish. With each story – and by story I mean anything I write – I am trying simply to work something out for myself. You, the reader, play no part here: this is a private matter.

Roxana Robinson
If you invent the story, you’re the first to see how it ends

process of distillation

September 29, 2018

tangled lives

According to alchemical lore, a marriage of opposites had to occur before lead would turn to gold. Water had to be wedded to fire, the sun to the moon, and the masculine to the feminine. The alchemists also believed that before the opposites could unite, they had to be reduced to their purest essences by a lengthy process of distillation, purification, and refinement.

Jalaha Bonheim
Aphrodite’s Daughters: Women’s Sexual Stories and the Journey of the Soul

Poetry

September 29, 2018

Poetry is a veil in front of a heart beating at a very fast pace.

Jericho Brown
interview with Kate Kellaway for the Guardian newspaper 28th July 2018

as lesbians

September 29, 2018

I think that, as lesbians, we can all agree that we were unexplainably fascinated by Pin-Up women and had no idea that this was our early call to Lesbianism.

Anon
Golden Lesbians

good and bad

September 29, 2018

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

Oscar Wilde
Lady Windermere’s Fan