Xiomara Batista Quotes

12 of the best book quotes from Xiomara Batista
“When your body takes up more room than your voice you are always the target of well-aimed rumors, which is why I let my knuckles talk for me. Which is why I learned to shrug when my name was replaced by insults.”
“I only know that learning to believe in the power of my own words has been the most freeing experience of my life. It has brought me the most light. And isn’t that what a poem is? A lantern glowing in the dark.”
“I think about all the things we could be if we were never told our bodies were not built for them.”
“I touch my tongue to the word volition, like it’s a fruit I’ve never tasted that’s already gone sour in my mouth.”
“So many of the poems tonight felt a little like our own stories. Like we saw and were seen. And how crazy would it be if I did that for someone else?”
“How does a girl like me figure out the weight of what it means to love a boy?”
“Sometimes it seems like writing is the only way I keep from hurting.”
“It is ungrateful to feel like a burden. It is ungrateful to resent my own birth. I know that Twin and I are miracles.”
“And about this apple, how come God didn’t explain why they couldn’t eat it? He gave Eve curiosity but didn’t expect her to use it? Unless the apple is a metaphor?”
“What’s the point of God giving me life if I can’t live it as my own?”
“I sit wondering how writing can bring such strange strangers into the same room.”
″...maybe this is why Papi stopped listening to music, because it can make your body want to rebel. To speak up. And even that young I learned music can become a bridge between you and a total stranger.”
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