Just playing the cards I'm dealt

I'm usually bluffing.

Line breaks are the reason I fell in love with poems. When I was a kid and I was first reading poetry, the poem seemed different from prose because it had line breaks—that’s how I knew. The line break was amazing, because so many meanings could be made in that moment. A line break, I really believe, is a moment of doubt—that in the process of writing, you don’t break your line until you know that you have heightened doubt to its utmost. This is part of why what we’re doing is an amazing craft.

Jericho Brown, interviewed by Kendra DeColo for Nashville Review (via apoetreflects)

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We have all heard the maxim “If you do not love yourself, you will be unable to love anyone else.” It sounds good. Yet more often than not we feel some degree of confusion when we hear this statement. The confusion arises because most people who think they are not lovable have this perception because at some point in their lives they were socialized to see themselves as unlovable by forces outside their control. We are not born knowing how to love anyone, either ourselves or somebody else. However, we are born able to respond to care. As we grow we can give and receive attention, affection, and joy. Whether we learn how to love ourselves and others will depend on the presence of a loving environment.

—bell hooks, All About Love (via abipolarblog)

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