Becoming Light: Poems New and Selected

From Quotes
The chemist who can extract from his heart's elements, compassion, respect, longing, patience, regret, surprise, and forgiveness and compound them into one can create that atom which is called love.
Kahlil Gibran
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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A collection of poetry that includes selections from previous works as well as previously unpublished poems.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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