“The past has become discontinuous, like stones skipped across water, like postcards: I catch an image of myself, a dark blank, an image, a blank.” -Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye (322)
“Knowing too much about other people puts you in their power, they have a claim on you, you are forced to understand their reasons for doing things and then you are weakened.”-Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye (233)
“But who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.”-Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
Provisions by Margaret Atwood
What should we have taken with us?
We never could decide on that; or what to wear,
or at what time of year we should make the journey
So here we are in thin raincoats and rubber boots
On the disastrous ice, the wind rising
Nothing in our pockets
But a pencil stub, two oranges
Four Toronto streetcar tickets
and an elastic band
holding a bundle of small white filing cards
printed with important facts.