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“Every book extant has an author, but the writer, to justify the name, must write. The moment a work is completed, he is again a would-be writer, a hopeful, naive, star-struck aspirant.”
“One doesn't 'get' an 'idea' for a novel. The 'idea' more or less 'gets' you. It uses you as a kind of culture, the way a pearl uses an oyster.”
“He exhales paint we need / to / breathe.”
Diana Chang, U.S. poet, writer