Becoming Light: Poems New and Selected

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Becoming Light: Poems New and Selected (1991) by Erica Jong

A collection of poetry that includes selections from previous works as well as previously unpublished poems.


  • Pain is not love. Love flowers; love gives without taking; love is serene and calm.
  • Driving me away is easier than saying goodbye...
  • Betrayal does that -- betrays the betrayer.
  • It is our old love I love.
  • I look forward and see myself look back.
  • In loving life you love what can't survive...
  • Why does life need evidence of life?
  • I am not sure if love is a salve or just a deeper kind of wound.
  • ...I am sure that when we love we are better than ourselves and when we hate, worse.
  • The best slave does not need to be beaten. She beats herself.
  • Birth is the start of loneliness and loneliness the start of poetry...
  • Since flesh can't stay, we pass the words along.
  • Hate generalizes; love is particular.
  • Because I loved myself, I was loved.
  • ...if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.


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