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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

Auta de Souza - Auta de Souza (Auta Henriqueta de Souza, (12 September 1876 — 7 February 1901) was a Brazilian writer born in Macaíba, in Rio Grande do Norte. When… Read more "Auta de Souza"
Ariana Harwicz - Ariana Harwicz (1977) is an Argentine writer. She studied screenwriting and acting in Argentina and then earned a degree in performing arts from the University of Paris VII.… Read more "Ariana Harwicz"
Lorraine Hansberry - Lorraine Hansberry (Lorraine Vivian Hansberry, May 19, 1930 – January 12, 1965) was an African-American writer and playwright. Lorraine Hansberry was the youngest of four children. Her… Read more "Lorraine Hansberry"
Gayl Jones - Gayl Jones (November 23, 1949) is an African-American writer. She graduated from Connecticut College, in 1971, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. In 1973, she… Read more "Gayl Jones"
Katherine Anne Porter - Katherine Anne Porter (born Callie Russell Porter; May 15, 1890 – September 18, 1980) was an American writer. Her mother died in 1892, when Porter was two… Read more "Katherine Anne Porter"

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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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