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“It is best for us to continue in the belief that Eve actually ate an apple, and immediately ruined Adam in consequence! I like this belief, too, it speaks so well for the progressive power of women.” – 26 July 1857, ‘Early journalism’, in The Morgesons and Other Writings

Elizabeth Drew Stoddard

The sadness of others one should leave alone. It is a small garden, a fragile delicate Arcadia, one should not disturb it. –  I Am the Brother of XX

Fleur Jaeggy

Menagerie of Authors

Yan Ge - Yan Ge (pen name of Dai Yuexing, 1984) is a Chinese author. She grew up in a small town in Sichuan, and earned a PhD in comparative… Read more "Yan Ge"
Carmen Boullosa - Carmen Boullosa (September 4, 1954) is a Mexican author. She grew up in a middle-class family in Mexico City and attended a Catholic school. Her mother died… Read more "Carmen Boullosa"
Tove Ditlevsen - Tove Ditlevsen (Tove Irma Margit Ditlevsen, 14 December 1917 – 7 March 1976) was a Danish writer. She grew up in an impoverished working-class family in Copenhagen. Her father… Read more "Tove Ditlevsen"
Elspeth Barker - Elspeth Barker (1940) is a Scottish writer. She attended Somerville College, Oxford, and, in the late 1960’s, married the poet George Barker, with whom she had five children.… Read more "Elspeth Barker"
Marita Bonner - Marita Bonner (née Marita Odette Bonner; married name Marita Odette Bonner Occomy. June 16, 1899 – December 7, 1971) was an African-American writer. She attended Brookline High School in… Read more "Marita Bonner"


About this [blank] garden

“I am younger each year at the first snow.”
– Anne Sexton, in a letter to W. D. Snodgrass, in 1958.
A Self-portrait in Letters, (2004)

This is my blank space. A white page, as good as a garden covered in snow, not yet cultivated, but with some strong Spring hidden within; something simple, clean, yet to be stained; a seed with some flower all curled up inside, first waiting, then slowly unraveling.

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