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Bob Hicok

“I don’t think about “my” audience … I don’t know how anyone could write with a group of people in mind.  It’s difficult enough to rummage around in my own head, let alone estimate how my words will enter another life.  Writers should be good at sensing where readers will be more or less confused, angry, emotionally or intellectually involved, in evaluating the content of their writing in general terms.  But to think about readers while writing is to invite the hypothetical into the process in a way that stops me from being open to the actual, to myself.”
– Bob Hicok

Mahmoud Darwish

“I have learned and dismantled all the words in order to draw from them a single word: Home.”
– Mahmoud Darwish, from ‘I Belong There’
  (Translated by Carolyn Forché and Munir Akash)