“I had the happy idea that somewhere a child was being born who was nothing like Helen or Jesus except in the sense of changing everything.”  -Mary Szybist “Happy Ideas” from Incarnadine

“She’s the wrong woman, she’s a car wreck in a silk dress and he can’t wait to touch her.” -Kim Addonizio “‘Round Midnight” from What is This Thing Called Love

“Now I watch the dumb machine Of your body loving With the loveless wedge of you That made me.” -Tracy K. Smith from “Shadow Poem,” The Body’s Question

“Sweet oil, the white of eggs, mustard and water soapsuds and stomach pumps rescue the people one knows.”  -Ernest Hemingway from the prose poem, Montparnasse

. “…until her teeth were only accidental stars…”  -T.S. Eliot from Hysteria

. “Everything that you do and every word that you write has to be a risk. You have to not be afraid. You have to keep reinventing your writing.”  -Victoria Chang from Interview with Hyphen Magazine

. “In actuality, no one ever sank so deep that he could not sink deeper.”  -Soren Kierkegaard

. “Science class was only good for answers. We learned space is a vacuum, as in bubble. We guessed licking a nine-volt battery was like tasting champagne. A hawk ate a snake ate a mouse ate some grain.”  -B.J. Best, “Commander Keen” from But Our Princess is in Another Castle