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Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.

― Sylvia Plath —


Every woman I have ever loved has left her print upon me, where I loved some invaluable piece of myself apart from me — so different that I had to stretch and grow in order to recognize her. And in that growing, we came to separation, that place where work begins.


— Audre Lorde —

the outer banks…

Out there?
There is no out there.
All is open.
Open water.  Open I.

— Muriel Rukeyser —



In fact, the stars orbiting that irresistible moon
Secret away their own luminous forms
Whenever she shines without restraint
Upon the world entire.

— Sappho —


But also I say this: that light
is an invitation
to happiness,
and that happiness, when it’s done right,
is a kind of holiness…
mr-feelgood-stuff: “ Mr-Feelgood-Stuff – “Take Your Pleasure Seriously” ”
— Mary Oliver —

i am hunger…

i am hunger 1i am hunger 2

All night you waited for morning,
all morning
for afternoon,
all afternoon for night;
and still the longing sings.

—Ruth Stone—



A taste of you slipped
into me
like moonlight in a
locked church.

—Janet Lees—

little songs…

little songs




We have entered
each other’s atmosphere
In isolation,
the way a bee knows
The deep shadows
in the folds of a flower
But doesn’t know
what a bouquet is,

   — Rowan Ricardo Phillips

sweet tea…

She makes me want to ransack my own temple.

—Trista Mateer

not a bird or a symbol…


… a woman burning.





What ache would you deny?
I celebrate
the wax and its sun, the wingless
skeleton,    my silt      my swoon.

— Katie Longofono —

many times, many ways…

Merry Christmas to you.


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