And don’t worry about your lineage
poetic or natural. The Sun shines on
the jungle, you know, on the tundra
the sea, the ghetto. Wherever you were
I knew it and saw you moving. I was waiting
for you to get to work.

…And
always embrace things, people earth
sky stars, as I do, freely and with
the appropriate sense of space. That
is your inclination, known in the heavens
and you should follow it to hell, if
necessary, which I doubt.

–excerpt from Frank O’Hara, “A True Account of Talking to the Sun on Fire Island”

It is per calling. Sometimes a gift expresses itself so strongly… that it shapes a life. Person must not do what person cannot do–you have heard us say this a hundred times; but likewise, person must do what person has to do.

— Marge Piercy, Woman on the Edge of Time