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Eudora Welty

Saturday, March 25, 2017

March Quotes

Don’t make stuff because you want to make money — it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous — because you will never feel famous enough.

John Green


Joseph Heller, an important and funny writer now dead, and I were at a party given by a billionaire on Shelter Island. I said, “Joe, how does it make you feel to know that our host only yesterday may have made more money than your novel ‘Catch-22’ has earned in its entire history?”

And Joe said, “I’ve got something he can never have.”

And I said, “What on earth could that be, Joe?”

And Joe said, “The knowledge that I’ve got enough.”

Kurt Vonnegut


If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal — that is your success.

Henry David Thoreau


There is absolutely everything in great fiction but a clear answer.

On Writing Pg 78
Eudora Welty

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Next world time

The River Cam - FinlayCox143
If I could sleep
through the dark
of the night
and wake in the light
of a next world day

And there find
a reason for time
and the circle we climb
and our errant ways.

Though some have said
time is the only way
free will can be
set free.

I would say that
time is a hard way
even for freedom
to proceed.

For next world time
will no longer age
body and mind
but flow in soothing
eddies of caress
to bless our
next world lives.

(From Mountain Bound Poems)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Appalachians

By Gafoto (Own work)
Twice-built mountains
thrust faulted
into the sky

Eroded to nothing
in the Mesozoic

Uplifted again
by the Cenozoic

Ridge runners
and valleys
rock outcrop
on clay

Brooks and branches
streams and standing
pools empty
into the rivers
Cumberland and Tennessee