Saturday, May 8, 2021

Choice Bits (a regular feature, savoring the best)


From Measure for Measure, by William Shakespeare 

“If I must die, I will encounter darkness as a bride,
And hug it in mine arms.” 

“’tis the cunning livery of hell.”


From The Man Who Was Thursday, by G.K. Chesterton 

“ticked and terrified the nerves of a neurotic population.”
“ [a hornbill is] a huge yellow beak with a small bird tied on behind it.”


From Walk Through Walls, by Marina Abramović 

“I was sitting around the fire with some tribeswomen when I noticed that they were talking in my head.”


From A Week with a Miami Don, by Zarkia 

“The woman sized her with a stank look on her face.”

“Tell that bitch if she wanna thump, I’m with all that shit.”

“Her hand came up just as quick as she slapped the shit out of the woman before jumping on her and beating the dog shit out of her right in the lobby of Dunkin Donuts.” 

“I treat all my bitches with respect and shit.”

“A nigga been through a lot yo, that’s why I am the way I am.”

“The sisters decided to get lost in a series on Netflix and accompany it with wings and wine.”

“I don’t get this shit.” Jovan expressed.


From The Afterlife of Stars, by Joseph Kertes 

“And then she kissed me and left, pulling the warm air with her.”

“We left our bags and stepped into Hermina’s salon, which was like stepping into a French pastry, all billowy with creams and pallors, marzipan and peach.”

“ rained tables and chairs...”

“Did music live in the mind of the Lord up until the day he wrapped feathers and wings around it?”




From “O Sea, That Knowest Thy Strength” by Effie Lee Newsome  

"The thing in me that is the Sea,
        Intangible, untamed,
        Untamed and wild,
        And wild and weird and strong!”


 From “Ex(ile) by Desiree C. Bailey 

"...a nail sick with rust..."

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