"You want me to be a tragic backdrop so that you can appear to be illuminated, so that people can say ‘Wow, isn’t he so terribly brave to love a girl who is so obviously sad?’ You think I’ll be the dark sky so you can be the star? I’ll swallow you whole."
— Warsan Shire (via russianwolves)
(Source: pocket-full-of-stones, via physicsshiny)
"It was not merely that Holmes changed his costume. His expression, his manner, his very soul seemed to vary with every fresh part that he assumed. The stage lost a fine actor, even as science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in crime."
— Arthur Conan Doyle: A Scandal in Bohemia (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)
"The less I think about how I fit in the happier I am, I don’t really care where I fit into anything or if there’s anything to fit into. It’s just that I like music. It’s not complicated."
— Elliott Smith (via obscurelliott)
"[Their words are predictable.] Their darkness is not."
— James Ragan, from “Reading Poetry at the Braille Institute, I Will Sing” (via the-final-sentence)
"The ‘unsayable’ thing at the center of the poem becomes visible to the poet and reader in the same way that dark matter becomes visible to the astrophysicist. You can’t see it, but by measure of its effect on the visible, it can become so precise a silhouette you can almost know it."
— Rebecca Lindenberg, interviewed for McSweeney’s Books (via nps2013)