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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin flowerburgers's Avatar
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    I'm obsessed with picking epigraphs for my projects! I spent all of yesterday parsing through poems and passages from stories and decided on this one for my newly completed short story collection:

    “…yes, there, even in the heart, where the filth is pumped in and courses and slanders and pollutes and determines. I will my will, though I may become famous for a mysterious vacancy in that department, that greenhouse.”
    —Frank O’Hara, “Meditations in an Emergency”

    This is the one I've chosen for my novel-in-progress:

    “One night, after practice—some of you might appreciate this—I found myself standing in the unforgivable light of a grocery store, staring at my reflection in a freezer, and realizing: ‘You’re not having a bad day—this is just what you look like, now. This is who the years are making you.’”
    —Will Eno, “Behold the Coach, in a Blazer, Uninsured”

    Just wanted to share these quotes because I'm obsessed with them. Do you have an epigraph in mind? Does anyone else love choosing them?
    Last edited by flowerburgers; 03-11-2018 at 04:55 PM.

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