Choice Bits

by Patssi Valdez

From Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng, 2017

This: “She turned around, the bowl of popcorn in her hands, and all three of them jumped, as if a piece of furniture had begun to speak.”

Or this: “After all, were they not smarter, wiser, more thoughtful and forethoughtful, the wealthiest, the most enlightened? Was it not their duty to enlighten others? Didn’t the elite have a responsibility to share their well-being with those less fortunate?”

From the poetry blog DUSIE: Tuesday poem #414 : Courtney Bates-Hardy : The Walk to Work

“The glass on the bus window/was cracked up to the sky…” 

From Measure For Measure, by William Shakespeare, 1604

This: “Why give you me this shame? Think you I can a resolution fetch/From flowery tenderness? If I must die, I will encounter darkness as a bride, And hug it in mine arms.”

Or this: “’tis the cunning livery of hell,”

Or this: “there is scarce truth enough alive to make societies secure, but security enough to make fellowships accursed. Much upon this riddle runs the wisdom of the world. This news is old enough, yet it is every day’s news.”

From The Egoist, by George Meredith, 1879

“I find my merit nowhere but in your satisfaction.”

From a poem by Rae Armantrout in Bomb magazine, 2021

 If any release of tension
 is pleasant,
 shouldn’t this also
 be true of death? 

From The Big Sea, by Langston Hughes, 1940

This: “In the golden light, [the women] were like dark flowers offering their beauty to the moon.”

Or this: “All Fightin mus be did outside.”


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