In the beginning,

…we stay with the preacher. We sit sweating on the mercy seat. We hear the preacher shout. We feel the fire in this man who built the church that burned down. This preacher read Nietzche. This preacher who was a carpenter with bent nails, who was the father of the cowgirl who ironed his handkerchiefs. The big man who cheered at wrestling matches, who drove a dark Chevy, who wore white shirts stiff from the laundry, who sang, “There was a crooked man, who had a crooked smile.”

The nuns…taught all the girls to say hell merry fuller grays, dolores wit chew, blast duh art dower mung wimmen, blast dis fruit uh duh loom, cheez whiz.”

If only she had a gospel voice, not a notebook full of Babylon.

-from “She Swam On from Sea to Shine”, Harryette Mullen : Sleeping with the Dictionary

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First and Last Sentences from Famous Books : Thanatos Syndrome

First: For some time now I have noticed that something strange is occurring in our region.

Quotes from Walker Percy:

You can get all A’s and still flunk life.

You live in a deranged age, more deranged that usual, because in spite of great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.

The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.

Last: Well, well, well.

Poetry, Quote Unquote

“We are all interested in our own poems, just as we are interested in the smell of our own armpits, because they are uniquely redolent of ourselves. We are not, for converse reasons, much interested, as a rule, in the slapdash maunderings of other people.”
— Editorial in The Spectator

“I like reading poetry at night — a doctor I know claims that this is because ‘poetry is the only thing you can read when you’re drunk.’”
— John Lanchester

from the book Quote Poet Unquote.