Voices As One
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At any given moment, a legion of warriors waits in my head, ready to express themselves. I tell their stories more readily than I tell my own; I send them on adventures more courageously; I let them love more honestly. Even in their darkest moments, I trust in them and cherish them more willingly than I do myself. They are the voices I wish I embodied, and they are the spirits I long to soar with. To give them the opportunity to live, if only for a little while, I write their stories—vignettes of lonely afternoons; the quiet, aching sigh of love songs (and anti-love songs, too). I give them pages to exorcise their demons or to embrace them. The voices collected here in poetry and prose are those belonging to a young woman who wages her most articulate wars with a pen—these voices are mine.