You refuse to spell correctly the famous
name of the famous town in which
you’ll lie to someone other than me tonight.
“And he,” you write, “is very dying.”
But get this: a glossy sun in that
obscenely slow gamut of sky.
Now get in love.
I’d so like to burn down your hands.
Heartbreak thrashes the hush, a mouth
of thought—I freak back out.
To space’s constant swallow comes
a small unslaughter: a song
for once, a sliver. Be let go.
—Graham Foust from Outbox (via kdecember)
Marry your best friend. I do not say that lightly. Really, truly find the strongest, happiest friendship in the person you fall in love with. Someone who speaks highly of you. Someone you can laugh with. The kind of laughs that make your belly ache, and your nose snort. The embarrassing, earnest, healing kind of laughs. Wit is important. Life is too short not to love someone who lets you be a fool with them. Make sure they are somebody who lets you cry, too. Despair will come. Find someone that you want to be there with you through those times. Most importantly, marry the one that makes passion, love, and madness combine and course through you. A love that will never dilute - even when the waters get deep, and dark.
In this interview, we talk with Naropa MFA grad, Renee Zepeda, about her book Boy Energy: Notes on Departure, inspiration, and wanderlust.
PT: Tell us about Boy Energy? What sparked it?
RZ: Boy Energy: Notes on Departure is my book about my travels and experiences as a first year English professor. It arose partly from being cooped up in my house in Pennsylvania in the wintertime and partly from wanderlust! Boy Energy was first inspired by one of my most energetic students. He was like a breath of fresh air whenever he walked in the room—the last time I saw him he made such a big impact on me; he rushed into the classroom in a whirlwind of energy and my first thought was: WOW, how can I create that energy myself?! I want to feel like a breath of fresh air when I walk in the room, too! Boy Energy is also partly inspired by my favorite album by Tori Amos—Boys for Pele—an album about the boys and men who brought her to her fire—people she felt passionate about—who inspired her.
Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.