— Arthur Rimbaud, from “To a Reason,” translated from the French by John Ashbery, Poetry (April 2011)
Ah, not to be cut off
Ah, not to be cut off,
not through the slightest partition
shut out from the law of the stars.
The inner — what is it?
if not the intensified sky,
hurled through with birds and deep
with the winds of homecoming.
Freedom is not doing whatever we want, but really wanting to do what we must.
The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.
— Isabel Allende (via apotfullofink)