Finding the Words



The poet Edward Hirsch discusses writing an elegy for his son:

“A person who’s only suffering can’t write a poem. There are choices to be made, and you need to be objective. I’m working, I’m making decisions, but it’s so red hot, thinking about his life and what he might regard as appropriate for someone else to know.”

Collage by Patrick Bremer


Wonder Woman: Karlie Kloss wears a head full of vividly multicoloured flowers and nothing else in the editorial ‘Body By Kloss’ photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia 2011. Despite it’s beauty this shoot became incredibly contoversial due to the American-born models nudity and bodyshape; ending up with so much outrage from the public that the most ‘scandalous’ image was taken down from the Vogue Italia site, and put up was a six paragraph letter from editor Franca Sozzani defending the shots. Thankfully the backlash died down and people went on to commend Kloss’ fit physique, which can be attributed to her background in ballet. Despite others opinions, this was a special moment for the model as the editorial was a kind of ‘coming of age’ for the then 19 year old as it showed KK in a sexier, more grown up light and was timely revealed after just signing a lucrative deal to become a VS angel - both of these jobs played a part in catapulting her career to astronomical heights, making her more in demand than ever, as well as sealing her name in fashion history as one of the most significant supermodels of the decade.

"I think they’re beautiful photos and I’m very proud of all of them, we were creating art. I’m happy with the results. I think that they’re photos that are hopefully going to become iconic.” - Karlie Kloss when asked about the shoot, via.

Reblogged from deprincessed

Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched.
Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (via ynannarising)

i never ever knew this omg it’s been a long time since something on my dash was so brand new to my damn ass. omg. need to read more… (via backwards-melonbag)