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Nietzsche (roman) and Sartre (italics) Mix Up Their Quotes

(after Kristincanwrite’s entry)

One must have     I exist.
It’s sweet
chaos in oneself
And light
to give birth
you’d think it floated
to a dancing star
all by itself.

—Tim Tiernan, 5/31/2010, 10:30 a.m., taken from a Nietzsche quote i know and Sartre’s Nausea, Alexander trans., paperback, p. 98.

Pale Blue Dot

(Taken in 1990 by NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft, the “pale blue dot” photo shows what our planet looks like from 4 billion miles away. Earth is the tiny speck of light indicated by the arrow and enlarged in the upper left-hand corner. The pale streak over Earth is an artifact of sunlight scattering in the camera’s optics:

There is our planet bathed

In a sunbeam, three pixels large,

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(poem forthcoming in Blue Collar Review, 2010 summer issue)

Sometimes I’m the goalie on a silent team
whose opponents dash pucks of fragments
as easily as their skates cut flecks of ice.
I’m the guy you never see
who paints the lines on roads—
the hushed grammar of the highway,
the unwitnessed necessity.
I’m the textual janitor
mopping the sloppy sentence structures.
Sometimes I’m a feng shui expert
suggested a shift of column to help the flow of qi.
I fluff pillows, or I rip the sink apart.
All you have to do is show up,
use the facility, enjoy the meal.
I’m the butler’s presence—more absent than absence.

—Timothy Tiernan, 09/03/09

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