for Maria Irene Fornes
She was talking about the mystery happening to
the artist as necessary light. The subjects for her plays:
people who want to learn something they didn’t think they could have.
Not what an American audience expects.
An American audience expects fame.
She covers her mouth when she has nothing to say.
Then she was talking about how she made people.
She said, you don’t know, but people know—people know what you’re like.
She didn’t know the character was homosexual until she finished writing
him, and how he would thrive in the world. Then, he thrived.
From then, we were still living (GenPop Books, 2010)