Muriel Rukeyser: “It will take a bell-ringing god tremendous imagined descending for the healing of hell.”

Elizabeth Meese: “I say it matters when a critic avoids (a form of suppression) the word lesbian; as long as the word matters, makes a social, political, or artistic difference, it matters when lesbian is not spoken.”

Anais Nin: “You must not fear, hold back, count or be a miser with your thoughts and feelings. It is also true that creation comes from an overflow, so you have to learn to intake, to imbibe, to nourish yourself and not be afraid of fullness. The fullness is like a tidal wave which then carries you, sweeps you into experience and into writing. Permit yourself to flow and overflow, allow for the rise in temperature, all the expansions and intensifications. Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.”

Tee Corinne: “The lack of a publicly accessible history is a devastating form of oppression. Lesbians face it constantly. The impact of this on art is that lines of development are obscured, broken sometimes destroyed beyond reconstruction…” 

Vincent Van Gogh: “Art is to console those who are broken by life.”

Mary Oliver: “I believe poetry is very old. It’s very sacred. It wishes for a community.”