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Edgar Allan Poe
“e minha alma dessa sombra que no chão há mais e mais, libertar-se-á... Nunca mais.”
Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven and Other Poems

Natalie Goldberg
“We are important and our lives are important, magnificent really, and their details are worthy to be recorded. This is how writers must think, this is how we must sit down with pen in hand. We were here; we are human beings; this is how we lived. Let it be known, the earth passed before us. Our details are important. Otherwise, if they are not, we can drop a bomb and it doesn't matter. . . Recording the details of our lives is a stance against bombs with their mass ability to kill, against too much speed and efficiency. A writer must say yes to life, to all of life: the water glasses, the Kemp's half-and-half, the ketchup on the counter. It is not a writer's task to say, "It is dumb to live in a small town or to eat in a café when you can eat macrobiotic at home." Our task is to say a holy yes to the real things of our life as they exist – the real truth of who we are: several pounds overweight, the gray, cold street outside, the Christmas tinsel in the showcase, the Jewish writer in the orange booth across from her blond friend who has black children. We must become writers who accept things as they are, come to love the details, and step forward with a yes on our lips so there can be no more noes in the world, noes that invalidate life and stop these details from continuing.”
Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

Samuel Beckett
“And yet sometimes it seems to me I am there, among the incriminated scenes, tottering under the attributes peculiar to the lords of creation ... Yes, more than once I almost took myself for the other, all but suffered after his fashion, the space of an instant.”
Samuel Beckett, Molloy / Malone Dies / The Unnamable

Nadine Gordimer
“I don't want to know more about her; don't want to know her weaknesses or calculate them. What I have is not for her; he gives me to understand she would not know what to do with it; it's not her fault. --One is married and there is nothing to be done.-- Yet he has said to me, I would marry you if I could, meaning: I want very much to marry you. I offended him a bit by not being moved. It's other things he's said that are the text I'm living by. I really do not know if I want any form of public statement, status, code; such as marriage. There's nothing more private and personal than the life of a mistress, is there? Outwardly, no one even knows we are responsible to each other....

'This is the creature that has never been'--he told me a line of poetry about that unicorn, translated from German. A mythical creature. Un paradis inventé. ”
Nadine Gordimer, Burger's Daughter

Edgar Allan Poe
“The true genius shudders at incompleteness — imperfection — and usually prefers silence to saying the something which is not everything that should be said.”
Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia

On a Corner of the Roof (Literature & Fiction)
9 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:33PM
Description: Novel in progress. A minister, his tiny daughter, and the woman who left them.
It Doesn't Seem Possible That There Can Be Enough Air: Part 2 (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:33PM
Description: A portion of a novel about a woman whose artist husband dies and leaves her with ... well, an unfinished painting, and a great many questions.
It Doesn't Seem Possible That There Can Be Enough Air: Part 1 (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:33PM
Description: In the end, which becomes the beginning.
Three-Seven-Five (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:33PM
Description: A short Story about the dismantling of a house, the disintegration of a family, and the dissimulation of love.
The Elements (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 29, 2010 04:33PM
Description: A work in progress about becoming a daughter, becoming a traveler, and learning what it means to love.
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