—Catherine Breillat, “Interview by Martin Tsai,” The New York Sun
Longing to believe it will last forever,
But what does? Nothing I know of.
Even the things that seem to stand still
Flow slowly into other forms.
The beloved’s first and only lesson:
Everything that is, becomes."
—Gregory Orr, ”Yearning for permanence, and who wouldn’t,” from River Inside the River: Three Lyric Sequences (W. W. Norton & Co., 2013)
because of memories;
nor are you mine because
of a lovely longing’s strength.
What does make you present
is the ardent detour
that a slow tenderness
traces in my blood.
I do not need
to see you appear;
being born sufficed for me
to lose you a little less."
—Rainer Maria Rilke, “Interior Portrait”
I have time. Please, devour me."
—Marguerite Duras, Hiroshima mon amour
—Zelda Fitzgerald, “Letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald,” May 1919
—Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek