Quotation: Francisco de Souza Campos (b. 1926)

“Why do all these professors come around here now asking us questions? Well, I don’t know for sure, but I suppose it’s because there are so many people in this world who have an education and all the money they need and yet who still can’t write a single verse. Then you have a poet, a poor devil who never went to school, who has trouble scraping together a few coins for bread or busfare, and he sits down and writes a story that leaves everybody marveling. So to may way of thinking, all these people want to understand just how the poet makes his stories. They are all itching to know how such a miracle occurs.”

Stories on a String by Candace Slater

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