Peter J. Atwood fiction

I like words, and more, words that are used well. This is where I collect them. Most I come across in the works of other authors, but on occasion I find some in the wild myself.


“The ultimate forgetfulness of violence Sweeps the landscape like a headlight of a train.”

—Bruce Cockburn, "Night Train"

The song is full of striking poetry—like so many of Cockburn's lyrics. But "the ultimate forgetfulness of violence" gets at what is so horrific and essential about acts of violence, at all scales.