by a contributor
from Susan Rukeyser, author of Just like Lily:
- The Broken Column, Frida Kahlo. It’s possible you won’t see your strength until your vision is cleared by tears. Let ’em fall.
- The Nightmare, Henry Fuseli. Depression wants your unconditional surrender. Like any nightmare, it draws strength from shame. Call it by name, out loud.
- Any of the Olive Trees series, Vincent van Gogh. The world vibrates with light. See it. Let it absorb you. You’re part of this. You’re essential as a tree, dirt, the sun.
- Black Iris, Georgia O’Keeffe. Look closely. Shift your perspective. Stay open to uncomfortable ideas. You’ll never go wrong, celebrating a flower or the female.
- Proserpine, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Some mistakes can’t be undone, but never forget: your mother loves you. Why not call her right now? You know how she worries.