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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

Mary de Morgan - Mary de Morgan (Mary Auguste De Morgan, 24 February 1850 – 18 May 1907) was an English writer. She was born to a family of intellectuals: her… Read more "Mary de Morgan"
Alfonsina Storni - Alfonsina Storni (29 May 1892 – 25 October 1938) was an Argentine author. She was born in Switzerland to an Italian-Swiss family. When she was four years… Read more "Alfonsina Storni"
George Egerton - George Egerton (pen name of Mary Chavelita Dunne Bright; 14 December 1859 – 12 August 1945) was an Australian-born Irish writer. She was born in Melbourne, Australia,… Read more "George Egerton"
Mririda N’Ait Atiq - Mririda N’Ait Atiq (c. 1900 – c. 1940) was a Moroccan Berber Shilha poet. Little is known about her life. Born in the village of Megdaz, in… Read more "Mririda N’Ait Atiq"
Carolina Nabuco - Carolina Nabuco (née Maria Carolina Nabuco de Araújo. February 9th, 1890 – August 18th, 1981) was a Brazilian author. Daughter of the statesman Joaquim Nabuco, Carolina was… Read more "Carolina Nabuco"


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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