Writing, if nothing else, is a bridge between two people, a bridge made of language. And language belongs to all of us. If I enjoy a poem, that just means I am recognizing within it something of myself, something I must already possess. Therefore, to love a poem is to love a part of myself revealed to me by another person…I really believe that writing is the closest thing we have to true magic. Where else, but in words, can we discover each other out of thin air?
- Ocean Vuong, interview by Tanya Olson, Split This Rock (16 February 2016)
Interesting. I love the idea that discovering something about another person is a form of magic, that writing can be magic.