Ani DiFranco (1970-), “Do or Die” (A. DiFranco), 9/30/20
I am speaking now
the way you do. I speak
because I am shattered.
I became a criminal when I fell in love.
Before that I was a waitress.
I’m sick of your world
that lets the outside disguise the inside.
One of the few good things to say about old age is that you have a new experience. Diminishment is not everybody’s most anticipated joy, but there is news in this situation.
—Louise Glück (1943-, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature yesterday), from “The Red Poppy,” “Siren,” “Circe’s Power,” and an interview