I was so willing to pull a page out of my notebook, a day, several bright days and live
them as if I was only alive, thirsty, timeless, young enough, to do this one more time, to
dare to have nothing so much to lose and to feel that potential dying of the self in the
light as the only thing I thought that was spiritual, possible and because I had no other
way to call that mind, I called it poetry, but it was flesh and time and bread and friends
frightened and free enough to want to have another day that way, tear another page.
EILEEN MYLES is the author of nineteen books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems, and a reissue of Chelsea Girls, both out in fall 2015, from Eco/Harper Collins. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in non-fiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writer’s grant, a Lambda Book Award, the Shelley Prize from the Poetry Society of America, as well as being named to the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List. Currently she teaches at NYU and Naropa University and lives in Marfa and New York.