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“It occurs to her that what she most appreciates about this City of the Angels is that which is missing, the voids, the unstitched borders, the empty corridors, the not yet deciphered. She is grateful for the absence of history.”
“Being one woman, truly and wholly, you will be all women — tend one garden, and you will birth worlds.”
“... I knew a book of mine was finished when I was in intensive care.”
“... writing is about doing something very close to the bone. It's about shocking yourself. When I write, I like to make myself cry, laugh — I like to give myself an experience. I see a lot of writing out there that's very safe. But if you're not scaring yourself, why would you think that you'd be scaring anybody else? If you're not coming to a revelation about your place in the universe, why would you think anyone else would?”
“I write a lot by sound. One sound leads me to another. These sounds aren't random; they have their own logic.”
“Just being in a room with myself is almost more stimulation than I can bear.”
“You build a novel the same way you do a pyramid. One word, one stone at a time, underneath a full moon when the fingers bleed.”
“Whenever I get lost in a novel I just throw a poem in. What it does is flare up, and it's so illuminated that I'm able to see where to go. I write between these illuminations.”
Kate Braverman, U.S. poet, writer, performance artist