11.17.2018 : 16.00 GMT-7 : IMAGE BY RONALD CUYAN ON UNSPLASH

11.17.2018 : 16.00 GMT-7 : IMAGE BY RONALD CUYAN ON UNSPLASH

Ajar

Not all entrances double as exits.

Words scramble from six tongues streaming; tangling. Dense, compressed as an incessant pounding throbs inside head and chest : closed-eyes-strobing-flickering-brilliant-bright-red.

/ēˌdā ˈfēks/

I’d reopened a door never closed.

Clarity glimpsed through unwept tears; manic, longing for rest. This horrific hush! Aware of our-pulse-searching as the portals shift : writhing, twisting.

Finally slamming shut.


At The Door’s Knob

“I wish you all the aloneness you hunger for.”

“And the night smells like snow. Walking home for a moment you almost believe you could start again. And an intense love rushes to your heart, and hope. It’s unendurable, unendurable.”

“We are created by being destroyed.”

“The long silences need to be loved, perhaps more than the words which arrive to describe them in time.”

“I basked in you; I loved you, helplessly, with a boundless tongue-tied love. And death doesn’t prevent me from loving you. Besides, in my opinion you aren’t dead. (I know dead people, and you are not dead.)

“There is only one heart in my body, have mercy on me.”

“When I’m in certain moods, a conversation will start up in my head, and suddenly I’ll realize that the language has reached a very high and interesting level, and then lines and stanzas will just kind of appear, full-blown.”

“I’ve always envied people who compose music or paint, because they don’t have to be bothered with the sort of crude mess that language normally is, in everyday life and in the way we use it.”

“I believe one day the distance between myself and God will / disappear.”

“The humiliation I go through when I think of my past … ”


Quotes by Franz Wright (March 18, 1953 - May 14, 2015). Wright was born in Vienna, Austria. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1977. An American poet, he and his father James Wright are the only parent/child pair to have won the Pulitzer Prize in the same category.