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3 WORDS: Cardamom Wool Knob

For/from Nicole (unedited transcript, as promised) The cardamom in her coffee was too strong, and these days, she would have thought there’d be no such thing. She added cardamom to everything. Coffee, of course, and tea. Steamed milk. Curries. Sometimes,

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3 WORDS: Cardamom Wool Knob

For/from Nicole (unedited transcript, as promised) The cardamom in her coffee was too strong, and these days, she would have thought there’d be no such thing. She added cardamom to everything. Coffee, of course, and tea. Steamed milk. Curries. Sometimes,

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Energized, terrified

The weekend of August 13-15, 2016, I attended the When Words Collide conference in Calgary—the 2017 dates are August 11-13, do mark your calendars—and I’m so energized and excited and full of plans, I’m terrified. You know the feeling?  

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Energized, terrified

The weekend of August 13-15, 2016, I attended the When Words Collide conference in Calgary—the 2017 dates are August 11-13, do mark your calendars—and I’m so energized and excited and full of plans, I’m terrified. You know the feeling?  

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Pablo Neruda’s Eleventh: I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair

Someone I love sent this to me earlier this week. And then I sent it to someone I love. And now, I give it to you: Love Sonnet XI / Pablo Neruda I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair.

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Pablo Neruda’s Eleventh: I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair

Someone I love sent this to me earlier this week. And then I sent it to someone I love. And now, I give it to you: Love Sonnet XI / Pablo Neruda I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair.

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Rabindranath Tagore on what #memoir really is

“I do not know who has painted the pictures of my life imprinted on my memory. But whoever he is, he is an artist. He does not take up his brush simply to copy everything that happens; he retains or

mjc-Tagore Memory as Literature quote

Rabindranath Tagore on what #memoir really is

“I do not know who has painted the pictures of my life imprinted on my memory. But whoever he is, he is an artist. He does not take up his brush simply to copy everything that happens; he retains or

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Life’s Dangerous Companions & Writing Days

Me: I’m alive. You: I don’t care. Me: You didn’t miss me, at all? You: No. What’s the word count? Me: Um. Well. Taking a bit of a break from making words and reading some. You: You know that’s procrastination,

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Life’s Dangerous Companions & Writing Days

Me: I’m alive. You: I don’t care. Me: You didn’t miss me, at all? You: No. What’s the word count? Me: Um. Well. Taking a bit of a break from making words and reading some. You: You know that’s procrastination,

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“Enchanted” love?

I am reading Eva Illouz’s Why Love Hurts ( Polity Press, 2012), a heavily researched, sociological academic polemic on the (macro-social) dysfunctions of modern love. An extended quote: “The elementary forms of “enchanted” love as a cultural prototype and a

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“Enchanted” love?

I am reading Eva Illouz’s Why Love Hurts ( Polity Press, 2012), a heavily researched, sociological academic polemic on the (macro-social) dysfunctions of modern love. An extended quote: “The elementary forms of “enchanted” love as a cultural prototype and a

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Soneto XVII by Pablo Neruda

porque te amo mas que amo mi vida… Soneto XVII / Pablo Neruda No te amo como si fueras rosa de sal, topacio o flecha de claveles que propagan el fuego: te amo como se aman ciertas cosas oscuras, secretamente,

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Soneto XVII by Pablo Neruda

porque te amo mas que amo mi vida… Soneto XVII / Pablo Neruda No te amo como si fueras rosa de sal, topacio o flecha de claveles que propagan el fuego: te amo como se aman ciertas cosas oscuras, secretamente,