I had no one to help me, but then T. S. Eliot helped me.
So when people say that poetry is a luxury, or an option, or for the educated middle classes, or that it shouldn’t be read at school because it is irrelevant, or any of the strange stupid things that are said about poetry and its place in our lives, I suspect that the people doing the saying have had things pretty easy. A tough life needs a tough language – and that is what poetry is. That is what literature offers – a language powerful enough to say how it is.
It isn’t a hiding place. It is a finding place.
”—Jeanette Winterson,Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (via mirroir)
“And what you thought you came for
Is only a shell, a husk of meaning
From which the purpose breaks only when it is fulfilled
If at all. Either you had no purpose
Or the purpose is beyond the end you figured
And is altered in fulfilment.”—T.S. Eliot, from The Complete Poems And Plays: 1909 - 1950 (via violentwavesofemotion)
“The image of a pop star, she’ll suggest later, is as much about what you can’t see as what you can, but this isn’t just confined to pop. “If you use the internet you’re crafting a version of yourself that you want people to enjoy,” she explains. “On Facebook, when I was 13, all my tagged photos were photos that I wanted to be there. All my status updates were typed in exactly the right syntax. My bio was just how I wanted it. Everything was perfect. But I’d look at people who’d cropped their face out of a larger picture, so I’d click on the picture and it would just be a tiny square in a black box.” The conspicuous cropping, she says, implies something to hide. “I’d see the tiny picture in the black box and I’d think: ‘This person just can’t do their PR very well.’ That’s all the internet is: doing your own PR.””—
interview with Lorde in the Guardian
I haven’t talked too much this week about what it actually means, that Lorde is 17 in 2014, except for the eternal question of what it means to be 17, ever. What it means to be 17 in 2014 is that she can say things like this and it makes perfect sense. We’re going to talk about “A World Alone” today, “A World Alone” and one of my favorite lines on the entirety of Pure Heroine: Maybe the internet raised us. Maybe people are jerks.
All the internet is is doing your own PR and sometimes, people don’t always get that. All the internet is is doing your own PR, and sometimes all being a popstar is is being a magnified version of a real person, 17-year-old-girl-in-2014 turned a few dials up. “The image of a pop star is as much about what you can’t see as what you can,” and isn’t that just true for people, too?
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”—Haruki Murakami (via hqlines)
“In the beginning, the doctor said, "Tell the real story. Write down your feelings because someday they might mean something to somebody. No matter how despairing you are, there are other people going through this who can’t express this, and if they should read it they would feel less alone." And so he gave me my little reason to go on; it shifted around, but that was always a driving, driving force.”—Anne Sexton, from an interview (via violentwavesofemotion)