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Date: 1799

"I reflected with amazement on the slightness of that thread by which human passions are led from their true direction."

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1800

"A few incoherent motions and screams, that rent the soul, were followed by a deep swoon."

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: April 24, 2011

"It's all song, all singing, the body's seat / and number, the mind's pleats, time's hem."

— Lee, Li-Young (b .1957)

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Date: 2011

"His mind unwinding like a spool of loose thread."

— Nadzam, Bonnie

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