Thursday, May 29, 2008

QUOTES

"There are ruins built of stones but so few ruined stones"
—Ed Zahniser (from 2002 14-line poems)

"All women are beautiful as they rise
exultant from the ruins they make of us"
—Robert Kelly (from "Poem for Easter")

"If beauty does not return
In all cases to the same objects, we must simply be alert and
Find it where it has gone."
—Kenneth Koch (from "On Beauty")

4 comments:

harryn said...

amen ...

C. E. Chaffin said...

Just read your account at Silliman's Blog, cannot imagine the identity issues involved. But if I understood you right, though straight, you proclaimed yourself gay and lost your family in order to advance justice?

Please clarify, this is a moral choice I had not come across before. I mean that as a compliment if you were truly engaged in that pursuit.

Thine in Truth and Art,

C. E. Chaffin

Lally said...

Too complicated to respond to in a comment box here Chaffin. I wrote about it at the time, and have written about it since in various books. IT'S NOT NOSTALGIA contains probably the most poetry and prose on that part of my life. And I'm working on an extended memoir now, already looking like several volumes, which may never see print but are giving me a lot of insights and hindsights and deep staisfaction and acceptance of my life and who (the many) I have been and am becoming.

downhome said...

Oh I am so jealous, dinner with Karen Allen per NYT. She appears so uncommonly wonderful.