luciancollier "Should one worry that the words fail to hurry when dry? That sober stops the roving. Should one care to think why? Why anything that may eek its way out seems and sounds timid and meek and a lie." ~ Lucian Charles Collier

If you care to hear unheard voices, do follow.
@demimondevoices
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luciancollier "One of the problems is that when most people sit down to write a poem they think, "now I am going to write a poem" and then they go on to write a poem that sounds like a poem or what they think a poem should sound like..." ~ Charles Bukowski 1mon

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luciancollier "Every face, every shop, bedroom window, public-house, and dark square is a picture feverishly turned--in search of what? It is the same with books. What do we seek through millions of pages?" ~ Virginia Woolf 1mon

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luciancollier "For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree." ~ Hermann Hesse 2mon

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luciancollier "Your writing was also your fear,
At times it was your terror, that all your wedding presents, your dreams, your husband would be taken from you by the terror's goblins. Your typewriter would be taken. Your sewing-machine. Your children. All would be taken. This fear was the colour of your desk-top, you almost knew its features. That grain was like its skin, you could stroke it. You could taste it in your milky coffee. It made a noise like your typewriter. It hid in its own jujus - your mantelpiece mermaid of terracotta. Your coppery fondue pan. Your linen. Your curtains. You stared at these. You knew it was there. It hid in your schaeffer pen - that was its favourite place. Whenever you wrote you would stop, mid-word, to look at it more closely, black, fat, between your fingers - the swelling terror that would any moment suddenly burst out and take from you your husband, your children, your body your life. You could see it, there, in your pen.
Somebody took that too." ~ Ted Hughes.
#Sylviaplath 83rd Birthday - Sleep on.
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luciancollier "I don't know what London's coming to - the higher the buildings the lower the morals" ~ Noël Coward 4mon

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luciancollier "For if there are (at a venture) seventy-six different times all ticking in the mind at once, how many different people are there not - Heaven help us - all having lodgement at one time or another in the human spirit? Some say two thousand and fifty two. So that it is the most usual thing in the world for a person to call, directly they are alone...Come, come! I'm sick to death of this particular self. I want another. But it is not altogether plain sailing either...these selves of which we are built up, one on top of another, as plates are piled up on a waiter's hand, have attachments elsewhere, sympathies, little constitutions and rights of their own...so that one will only come if it is raining....another if you can promise it a glass of wine - and so on..." ~ Virginia Woolf 4mon

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luciancollier Remember when.. rooftops. 4mon
  •   rhysmt I swear you took loads of these... Where are they?? Huh?? 4mon
  •   luciancollier There's so many. I sent them all to @jenesaisquoi19 ages ago. I'll pop them over to you on Facebook message. 4mon
  •   joeyhorswell This might be you best Instagram for 61 weeks or something. 4mon
  •   luciancollier @joeyhorswell I think it's definitely up there in the the top three. At least. I peaked. 4mon

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luciancollier "When someone seeks," said Siddartha, "then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal." ~ Hermann Hesse 2y
  •   bookmateriality Lucian, I do hope you are well. I have a piece of card, fittingly referred to as a postcard on its way...an interlude to our correspondence. 1y

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luciancollier "I'm a cold cup of coffee, a half mixed deck of cards." ~ C.F 2y

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luciancollier "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." ~ Henry David Thoreau 2y

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luciancollier "It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise."
~ Henry David Thoreau
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luciancollier "Do not imagine that Art is something which is designed to give gentle uplift and self-confidence. Art is not a 'brassière'. At least, not in the English sense. But do not forget that 'brassière' is the French for life-jacket." ~ Julian Barnes 2y
  •   anoushkainwonderland This is so many of my favourite things: Paris, philosophy/theory of art, and the delightful Julian Barnes. 2y
  •   luciancollier @an0therinfinite It is a pleasure to appeal to your tastes as mine are so similar. I long to be back in Paris.. 2y
  •   anoushkainwonderland It is such a joy/rarity to find someone whose loves are the same. Honestly, so many of the European cities are labyrinths waiting to be found. 2y
  •   psychoreader Beautiful photo, Lucian! Like always! PS: you went to Paris! I remember when you told me you always wanted to go there. 2y

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luciancollier "The poet must always, in every instance, have the vibrant word... that by it's trenchancy can so wound my soul that it whimpers.... One must know and recognize not merely the direct but the secret power of the word; one must be able to give one's writing unexpected effects. It must have a hectic, anguished vehemence, so that it rushes past like a gust of air, and it must have a latent, roistering tenderness so that it creeps and steals one's mind; it must be able to ring out like a sea-shanty in a tremendous hour, in the time of the tempest, and it must be able to sigh like one who, in tearful mood, sobs in his inmost heart." ~ Knut Hamsun 2y
  •   supposedformer Perfect for this shite weather we're having hope you're having a good day mate 2y
  •   luciancollier @nolongerformer Ah, Jonas - now this is where I must disagree.. I find this weather sublime. Truly - give me rain and dreary grey skies anyday. Bizarre, I know. My day is going well so far thankyou, I intend to spend it reading and writing, thus it can only increase in splendour. I hope yours will be equally pleasant, irregadless of the weather, hah? 2y
  •   supposedformer Hahaha oh, don't get me wrong. I love grey skies & rain clouds too but not on days when i have to run around doing errands. My day is going well, thank you. Just about to finish with my shenanigans & then its time to look for a place to spend the rest of the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon mate. (: 2y
  •   luciancollier @nolongerformer Ah yes, well then, that is understandable. It's easy to take my viewpoint when I am safely huddled away in my secluded room. I wish you the best of luck in your quest. Thanks Jonas. :) 2y
  •   missuku lovely dreary day in NYC as well, @luciancollier - top reading weather! only wish you were here 2y

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luciancollier "The Poet is a kinsman in the clouds
Who scoffs at archers, loves a stormy day;
But on the ground, among the hooting crowds,
He cannot walk, his wings are in the way." ~ Charles Baudelaire
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luciancollier "What enriches language is its being handled and exploited by beautiful minds–not so much by making innovations as by expanding it through more vigorous and varied applications, by extending it and deploying it. It is not words that they contribute: what they do is enrich their words, deepen their meanings and tie down their usage; they teach it unaccustomed rhythms, prudently though and with ingenuity." ~ Michel de Montaigne 2y
  •   luciancollier @decackroyd Camus virgin. Heard great things - fervently looking forward to reading him. 2y
  •   luciancollier @decackroyd Also, if you haven't read it already - "Steppenwolf" by Herman Hesse. I think you'd really like it. 2y
  •   decackroyd Outsider is astounding. I've also read the Plague, and some shorts. He's just absolutely brilliant. And I'll have to look for a copy of that, have read some of his poetry, and got a novel of his bur not gotten round to reading it yet 2y
  •   bookmateriality Sweet Jesus. This is an ace book haul. 2y
  •   luciancollier @__quotidianbanality__ I suspected it would hold your approval my dear Margaret. My usual bookshop had just restocked their basement entirely - I lost all restraint, all inhibition. This was only half of what I would have gladly left with. I just feel guilty for some of these that will have to wait a while to be read as I work my way through the mountainous stacks I am steadily accumulating. 2y
  •   bookmateriality The utmost approval. The highest states of zen I assume you were ascending when you walked through the door of that bookshop. Guilty you shall feel, alas- let that feeling be ephemeral. Happiness is being surrounded by those glorious mountains of paper, imbued with such human creativity, thought, knowledge and wisdom. Enjoy! 2y
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  •   psychoreader @luciancollier Just send you my reply, my friend! (Lovely picture, by the way!) 2y

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luciancollier "Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash." - Leonard Cohen 2y

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luciancollier "I am alone in the midst of these happy, reasonable voices. All these creatures spend their time explaining, realizing happily that they agree with each other. In Heaven's name, why is it so important to think the same things all together." - Jean-Paul Sartre 2y
  •   anoushkainwonderland D. H. Lawrence, what an underrated, beautiful writer. 2y
  •   luciancollier @an0therinfinite Oh absolutely. The introduction to this collection of poetry revealed so very much about him and his workings. I highly recommend picking up this one if you come across it! I think Lady Chatterley's Lover may be next after my current read. 2y
  •   anoushkainwonderland I definitely will! I flirted with a selection of his poetry but didn't have enough money, oh me. I've read most of Chatterly (probably too young when I did, why I didn't finish.) But his short stories are also a dream, I'd recommend Odour of Chrysanthemums if you haven't read it. 2y
  •   luciancollier I thank you kindly for your recommendation. I haven't read it actually. I may be venturing to one of my favourite London second hand bookshops today in fact so I shall keep my eyes peeled for it. Yeah, I can imagine it's one to read as you age (I make this assumption on its reputation alone). Some of his letters are marvellous also. 2y
  •   anoushkainwonderland The language is both elaborate and taut, it's so wonderful - although I've never come across a publication of his short stories. Ooh which one is that? I have a couple I like (in Hampstead and Soho) but I've never delved properly. I agree about the reputation, I'll try again at some point. Gosh, I can imagine. 2y
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luciancollier "An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered." - G.K. Chesterton 2y

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luciancollier Presence at work this evening unexpectedly - gratefully - no longer required. What better way to celebrate than by starting a new read. 2y

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