Sunday, September 03, 2006


1. Critics and Connoisseurs

What is
there in being able
to say that one has dominated the stream in an attitude of self-defense;
in proving that one has had the experience
of carrying a stick?

2. Those Various Scalpels

Are they weapons or scalpels?
Whetted to brilliance
by the hard majesty of that sophistication which is superior to opportunity,

these things are rich instruments with which to experiment
But why dissect destiny with instruments
more highly specialized than components of destiny itself?

--Marianne Moore