"You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don't trust enough."-Frank Crane
As a reader we must trust that the writer has spoken the "truth." But are the expressions of love, say, that a poet pens those of her experiences or a compilation of many others she has heard over time? Would we be deceived by the words in Marge Piercy's poem, "Leonard Avenue", "We'll drink it dabbling in bed.../where you enter my wetness and I/take in your warmth.," if we trusted it to be her experience or trusted she was writing about someone else? As a reader we should understand, should we not, that we need to trust that the voice of the writer is their voice; that the writer writes what she knows. I say yes; she writes what she knows, or remembers what she knows, and if we can't trust that then we are just not trusting enough.
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