‘The red girls’ school stood opposite a grey boys’ school, built five years after it as if to proclaim the rational symmetry of the world.’
‘Death is here, by our side, and we can make no witty Nabokovian jokes about it.’
‘We are nearing the conclusion of this anatomy. / We are strung between the point of ending, and / the point of having started.’
She had already imagined it all, so much so that when she finally did see him, she felt unable to speak.
‘At the desk they said they encouraged guests not to walk, but she was determined’
‘The corporate storyteller is having a bad day.’
‘I was still quite a small girl when I decided to kidnap Enzo Ponza.’
‘For us, discomfort is a hard feeling. / Almost as hard as hate. / Almost as hard as fear.’
‘There was a time in my life when I lived in hotels. Around this time, the time I did not spend in hotels was time I did not live.’
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‘And now that he is body-less, / he speaks through us. / You could say. Although / I myself have not caught / a Pope.’
‘An hour passed. Why not say twenty years?’
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