"When you work in form, be it a sonnet or villanelle or whatever, the form is there and you have to fill it. And you have to find how to make that form say what you want to say. But what you find, always—I think any poet who’s worked in form will agree with me—is that the form leads you to what you want to say. It is wonderful and mysterious. I think something similar happens in fiction. A genre is a form, in a sense, and that can lead you to ideas that you would not have just thought up if you were working in an undefined field. It must have something to do with the way our minds are constructed."
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Art of Fiction No. 221, The Paris Review
"I’d cut my soul into a million different pieces just to form a constellation to light your way home. I’d write love poems to the parts of yourself you can’t stand. I’d stand in the shadows of your heart and tell you I’m not afraid of your dark."
Lord knows I would.
(Source: midautumnrain, via nina-moon)
"Yo yo yo, 1-4-8-3 to the 3 to the 6 to the 9. Representin’ the ABQ. What up, biatch?! Leave at the tone."
— Sylvia Plath (via contradicta)
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"You won’t allow me to go to school.
I won’t become a doctor.
One day you will be sick."
— Poem written by an 11 year old Afghan girl
This poem was recorded in a NYT magazine article about female underground poetry groups in Afghanistan. An amazing article about the ways in which women are using a traditional two line poetry form to express their resistance to male oppression, their feelings about love (considered blasphemous), and their doubts about religion.
One of the best articles I’ve read all year. Here’s the link