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Date: January 25, 2005

"I'm staring out into that vacuum again / From the back porch of my mind / The only thing that's alive, I'm all there is."

— Oberst, Conor Mullen (b. 1980)

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Date: January 25, 2005

"And each morning she wakes / With a dream to describe / Something lovely that bloomed / In her beautiful mind."

— Oberst, Conor Mullen (b. 1980)

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Date: 2007

"When panic grips your body and your heart is a hummingbird, / Raven thoughts blacken your mind until you're breathing in reverse, / All your friends and sedatives mean well, but make it worse, / Every reassurance just magnifies the doubt, / Better find yourself a place to level out."

— Oberst, Conor Mullen (b. 1980)

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Date: 2007

"Got a cricket for a conscience, always looks the other way."

— Oberst, Conor Mullen (b. 1980)

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Date: 2007

"A cocaine soul starts seeming like an empty cabaret."

— Oberst, Conor Mullen (b. 1980)

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.