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“Aim to encounter unknown difficulties that you may gain unexpected results.”

Happy birthday, Jean Toomer! Here are some quotes from the author.


“We have many reformers, few transformers.”


“All our lives we have been waiting to live.”


“Everyone secretly expects and looks forward to the coming of some great event which will gloriously upset him.”


“Talk about it only enough to do it. Dream about it only enough to feel it. Think about it only enough to understand it. Contemplate it only enough to be it.”


“Man is a nerve of the cosmos, dislocated, trying to quiver into place.”


“Meet life’s terms but never accept them.”


“People mistake their limitations for high standards.”


  • John Madera is the author of Nervosities (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2024). His other fiction is published in Conjunctions, Salt Hill, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His nonfiction is published in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, New York State Council on the Arts awardee John Madera lives in New York City, Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

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