Archive for women writers

I do not wish…

Posted in Poetry at large with tags , , , , , , , on October 11, 2014 by Mj Rains


I do not wish to live in a grey area
or a road between the lines
Love must start on the first line
continue on every line…

Deborah Levy

Image: Marion Cotillard

On writing…Dorothy Parker

Posted in Writing with tags , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2014 by Mj Rains


If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.

– Dorothy Parker

Image: The Wit Continuum

The Ambition Bird

Posted in Poetry at large with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2014 by Mj Rains

The Ambition Bird

by Anne Sexton

So it has come to this–
insomnia at 3:15 A.M.,
the clock tolling its engine

like a frog following
a sundial yet having an electric
seizure at the quarter hour.

The business of words keeps me awake.
I am drinking cocoa,
that warm brown mama.

I would like a simple life
yet all night I am laying
poems away in a long box.

It is my immortality box,
my lay-away plan,
my coffin.

All night dark wings
flopping in my heart.
Each an ambition bird.

The bird wants to be dropped
from a high place like Tallahatchie Bridge.

He wants to light a kitchen match
and immolate himself.

He wants to fly into the hand of Michelangelo
and come out painted on a ceiling.

He wants to pierce the hornet’s nest
and come out with a long godhead.

He wants to take bread and wine
and bring forth a man happily floating in the Caribbean.

He wants to be pressed out like a key
so he can unlock the Magi.

He wants to take leave among strangers
passing out bits of his heart like hors d’oeuvres.

He wants to die changing his clothes
and bolt for the sun like a diamond.

He wants, I want.
Dear God, wouldn’t it be
good enough to just drink cocoa?

I must get a new bird
and a new immortality box.
There is folly enough inside this one.

I only believe in intoxication…

Posted in Anais Nin, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2013 by Mj Rains

Kornelka_by_muszkaI only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary  life shackles me,
I escape, one way or another.  No more walls.
~Anais Nin


a_perfect_day_elise_by_muszkaImages by artist Sonia Szostak

Insane people…

Posted in "Wit"icisms" with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2013 by Mj Rains

INSANE_by_whitexXxbutterfly“Insane people are always sure that they are fine. It is only the sane people who are willing to admit that they are crazy.”

~Nora Ephron~

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