What They Said: James Baldwin



“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.”




― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time


  1. john powell says:

    opulent, verdant, painfully velvety, cavernous, subterranean, deliciously dangerous: Baldwin.

    no pain = no purifying.

    be forewarned, ye polluted mutitudes.

    • john powell says:

      purification by
      ceaselessly all-pervasive
      extreme pain
      = being alive.

      so, be ye
      further forewarned,
      o ye already dead, swarming
      Us-and-Them multitudes,
      thou ever-suffocated in
      ever-fatally-futile scurrying to
      live pain free,
      and to breed
      children who

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