Moved by Words

Sometimes, a certain phrase or a poetic description can have a way of making me want to draw something to honor it. For several years, I collected quotations from novels and from my own writing that didn't necessarily have a clear message but that felt important and poetic in a different way. At certain points in my life when one of the quotations felt especially relevant, I would work on an image I could create that could accompany the quote.

“While we’re moving in, we’re also building the apartment, so we have nails and little pieces of wood.”
— A dream
“What was central and what was incidental end up exactly reversed.”
The Mezzanine, by Nicholson Baker
“I want to bring them back here. I go up to find people, among classrooms that we used to use, big huge rooms and stairways with many, many windows.”
— A dream
“Even if you don’t worry, I can do it okay.”
1Q84, by Haruki Murakami
“…but nobody was talking to nobody about nothing and everybody meanwhile was in a constant state of the willies, feeling they were being followed all the time, because of course, they all were.”
So Far from God, by Ana Castillo
“When the two arcs open wide like jaws Nenny jumps in across from me, the rope tick-ticking, the little gold earrings our mama gave her for her First Holy Communion bouncing. She is the color of a bar of naphtha laundry soap, she is the little brown piece left at the end of the wash, the hard little bone, my sister… 
“Not that old song, I say. You gotta use your own song. Make it up, you know? But she doesn’t get it or won’t. It’s hard to say which.” 
The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
“Don’t let dogs bark
at you
or bees buzz
at you.

But if they do,
DON”T WORRY.
(The worst thing you can do is go
rock hunting when you are worried.)”
Everybody Needs a Rock, by Byrd Baylor
Third-person narrator to the reader:
“We are probably the only ones who know that.”
After Dark, by Haruki Murakami
“By herself, as a person, the girl could be story. But today, attached to the lilac and the farmland, she is landscape.” 
Spillville, by Patricia Hampl
“No one knew what was wrong. Investigators said it could be the ventilating system, the paint or varnish, the foam insulation, the electrical insulation, the cafeteria food, the rays emitted by the microcomputers, the asbestos fireproofing, the adhesive on shipping containers, the fumes from the chlorinated pool, or perhaps, something deeper, finer-grained, more closely woven into the basic state of things.”
White Noise, by Don DeLillo
“‘And it is the same way with the moon,’ said the Princess Lenore. ‘I guess it is the same way with everything.'” 
Many Moons, by James Thurber
“If you can,
go to a mountain
made out of
nothing but
a hundred million
small
shiny
beautiful
roundish rocks.

But if you can’t,
anyplace will do.”
— Everybody Needs a Rock, by Byrd Baylor
“‘Должен предупредить. Гости мы беспокойные.'”
Обыкновенное Чудо

“‘I have to warn you. We’re restless guests.'”
An Ordinary Miracle
“One step at a time, Porcupine addressed each rock on the way to the tree. A rock that was sharp and mossy, a rock that wiggled and felt like an acorn’s hat, a rock that was slippery as the river, a rock that held the ground with all its might.”
Second Feet, by Inna Komarovsky
“For example, if you asked her to pour a bowl of soup from a pot on the stove, she would get the job done, but in a way that looked like she’d spilled it into the bowl just by luck.”
Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden
4. song from a long time ago and suddenly knew the chocolate smell of a plastic polka-dot barrette
She didn’t even give a sign of hesitation,
a sign when they asked her
her free, true, and definitive will
found, herself once more,
didn’t even give a sign.

She (when they asked her),
free, true, and definitive.
Since her birth she didn’t even give
a sign of hesitation,
her true will since her birth,
her definitive will.
— a poem I wrote based on a sentence from The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother, by Gabriel García Márquez
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