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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

Rosemary Manning - Rosemary Manning (Rosemary Joy Manning , 9 December 1911 – 5 April 1988; pen names Sarah Davys and Mary Voyle) was an English author. Manning attended the… Read more "Rosemary Manning"
Karolina Pavlova - Karolina Pavlova (Karolina Karlovna Pavlova – Кароли́на Ка́рловна Па́влова; born Karolina Karlovna Jaenisch, 22 July 1807 – 14 December 1893) was a Russian author. Born to a… Read more "Karolina Pavlova"
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"


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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