Compression: Maryanne Hannan

“To compress is not to distill. At least for me. I don’t work to concentrate meaning or remove extraneous material or distill words in pursuit of the essential. Instead, I play with pressure, much like a Balloon Artist. Three locking twists and voilà! your basic four-legged animal. Small, medium, large, larger. Variation welcome. Every segment needs perfect pressure and careful balancing, before the giraffe can stand tall on its own. Likewise, in writing, I enjoy working with multiple parts, tangentially congruent, each part close to exploding.” — Maryanne Hannan

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