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Shirley Barker

  • ... there's a queerness on books. They've not tongues, but they can speak to every man that reads them, and they'll talk to him of things the writer never meant, things no man knows of but he.

  • No man alive remembers being born, he thought, but it must be like this, a force thrusting you into life, whether you would or no, and something within yourself urging you the same way, too. Only if you can resist your birth can you resist your destiny.

Shirley Barker, U.S. writer, poet, librarian

(1911 - 1965)

Full name: Shirley Frances Barker.