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Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston Harlem Renaissance Poet Illustration Ampersand
We discovered this disarmingly simple, yet powerful quotation while reading one of Ms. Hurston’s earlier plays, “De Turkey and De Law.” As a theme, “love” is immeasurably broad, and try as they might, authors will never exhaust its depths.

But this particular line, though not pithy or metaphorical, stuck with us and served as a perfect foil to the lengthier aphorisms of Shakespeare, Fitzgerald, Dickinson et al. Sometimes, love is simple and direct, and its power lies not in its cleverness but in its honesty: Yes I do, darling, I love you. Falling in love is a moment for fireworks, not speeches.

For this illustration, we began with a modest symbol, the ampersand - that simple conjunction that joins two things together. The ampersand curls loop and twist to form a mirror image, knotted together so much that the two become one.

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Harlem Renaissance Author Zora Neale Hurston Illustration by Obvious State

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