The Simile Museum

Category: Poetry

“The best thing was to let language speak its piece while standing inside it–not like a knight in armor exactly, not like a mascot in a chicken suit.

-Rae Armantrout

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Moon-Grass

And the days are not full enough
Are the nights are not full enough
And life slips by like a field mouse
Not shaking the grass.

-Ezra Pound

Everything’s a couple sizes bigger: a sky
Cutting deep into the streets, hydrants
As hefty as the heads of oxen, the country’s flag
Flapping like a heavy sheet in the sea wind,
An ice truck parked outside the cathedral.

-Durs Grünbein

“A story is like water that you heat for your bath. It takes messages between the fire and your skin. It lets them meet, and it cleans you!

-Rumi

“He flies around in stolen cars. Wherever he stops,

kids grow like gourds from women’s bellies.”

-Natalie Diaz

“The boys, how eyeless

& how wordless they,

who cover themselves with smiles

like curlicues of feathers.”

-Federico García Lorca

“I search for an instant alive as a bird.”

-Octavio Paz