"Censor the body and you censor breath and speech at the same time. Write yourself. Your body must be heard."

                                                       -Hélène Cixous

"Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity."


"You think killing is hard? Try healing. You can break something in two seconds but it can take forever to fix it."

-Beatriz at Dinner

"People have a need to feel their pain. Very often pain is the beginning of a great deal of awareness. As an energy, it awakens consciousness."

-Arnold Mindell

"There are two kinds of suffering. The kind that you turn and face, and the kind that you run from that follows you everywhere."

-Ajahn Chah

"When pain transgresses the limits it becomes medicine."

                                             -Mizra Asadulla Ghalib

“How people feel, what they feel, what breaks them, how trauma resonates through their lives . . . that’s a legitimate space in poetry.”

                                                                             -Claudia Rankine

"Why does tragedy exist? Because you are full of rage. Why are you full of rage? Because you are full of grief."

-Anne Carson

"intense autobiography. mutual aid., light touch. land-escape / soundscape. a charged space. building the dream house that is the body, where we live. self-organization as a devotional act. poetry as radical organizing. What forms do we create in crisis, from crisis? What forms nourish us, heal us, free us to live?"

-Eleni Stecopoulos