i miss the old nicki

I have taken as much as six years to prepare a book for writing. There is such a delirium of effort in the production of a book; it’s like childbirth. And, like childbirth, one forgets the pains immediately so that when you come to write another one you dare to take it up again. Some precious anesthesia sees you through.

— John Steinbeck (via writingquotes)


Michael Mlekoday - “Sidewalk Chalk”

"The neighbor kids and I, we used to sneak out of our houses every Sunday night, after the world fell asleep, to try and find out what it dreams of."

A powerful, inventive poem from Button’s own Head Editor, Michael Mlekoday, performing at the book release party for his debut collection, The Dead Eat Everything.