Nikky Finney quotes

  • The library, to me, is the second most sacred physical space on the planet.
    -- Nikky Finney

    #Space #Library #Sacred

  • I remember saying to myself, those things are very, very important to hear, but there must be another way to say them so that they will truly be heard. I mean, that's what art is. Art is about being provocative; art is also about beauty and if you leave the latter out, the former doesn't matter.
    -- Nikky Finney

    #Art #Mean #Important

  • Watch your life as if it were a film. Absorb everything. What you see, hear, and feel will stamp every alphabet of your work.
    -- Nikky Finney

    #Alphabet #Watches #Film

  • In every one of these haunting and hungry poems, Howell draws a map for how to enter the heat and dew of the human being, naked and facing the natural world, desperate to feel. I did not realize while reading Render how deeply I was handing everything over.
    -- Nikky Finney

    #Reading #Naked #World

  • My responsibility as a poet, as an artist, is to not look away.
    -- Nikky Finney

    #Responsibility #Artist #Looks

  • I remember saying to myself those things are very, very important to hear, but there must be another way to say them so that they will truly be heard. I mean, that's what art is. Art is about being provocative. Art is also about beauty. And if you leave the latter out, the former doesn't matter.
    -- Nikky Finney

    #Art #Mean #Important

  • The meaning of the Sabbath is to celebrate time rather than space. Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time. It is a day on which we are called upon to share in what is eternal in time, to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation; from the world of creation to the creation of the world.

  • First of all, directing is an idea that you have of a total flow of images that are going on, which are incidentally actors, words, and objects in space. It's an idea you have of yourself, like the idea you have of your own personality which finds its best representation in the world in terms of specific flows of imaginary images. That's what directing is.

  • I like to imagine that, on the day after my last, my library and I will crumble together, so that even when I am no more I'll still be with my books.

  • It hardly matters why a library is destroyed: every banning, curtailment, shredding, plunder or loot gives rise (at least as a ghostly presence) to a louder, clearer, more durable library of the banned, looted, plundered, shredded or curtailed.

  • If 'ecstasy' meant the sudden intrusion of the sacred into the ordinary, then it had just happened to me.

  • The American flag represents all of us and all the values we hold sacred.

  • What an amazing and sacred place [Israel] to end the tour

  • I have not stopped loving that which is sacred in this world.

  • To what base ends, and by what abject ways, Are mortals urg'd through sacred lust of praise!

  • But touch me, and no minister so sore. Whoe'er offends, at some unlucky time Slides into verse, and hitches in a rhyme, Sacred to ridicule his whole life long, And the sad burthen of some merry song.