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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

"Writing ... is breathing"

I'm currently reading "Henry & June" by Anaïs Nin, based on the writer's relationship with writer Henry Miller and his wife, June. I shouldn't have picked up this book this week because I'm working on a big writing deadline and it keeps luring me away. But, oh, the inspiration found in her words.... Delicious! Nevermind that I'm writing about education reform. I'm still trying to capture a measure of the passion involved in such an effort. Nin writes luminously of complex emotions, of love and passion. I am humbled, as always, by the power of words.

I'm only 80 pages into the 274-page book, but here are a few passages I've underlined:

– "How late I have awakened and with what furor!"

– “Then at certain moments I remember one of his words and I suddenly feel the sensual woman flaring up, as if violently caressed. I say the word to myself, with joy. It is at such a moment that my true body lives.”

To Henry Miller she writes:

– “For you and me the highest moment, the keenest joy, is not when our minds dominate but when we lose our minds, and you and I both lose it in the same way, through love.”

– “Writing is not for us, an art, but breathing.”

– “I don’t hear your words: your voice reverberates against my body like another kind of caress, another kind of penetration. I have no power over your voice. It comes straight from you into me. I could stuff my ears and it would find its way into my blood and make it rise.”


Gloria Ferris said...

Oh how I loved the book you are reading. In fact, I am going to add it to my "what i would be reading if i had all the time in the world" list. Oddly enough, I discovered the book in an airport newsstand on my way to Philadelphia on a business trip. It was hard to tear myself away by midnight so that I wouldn't arrive at business meetings with red eyes and a blank stare.

Thanks for the memory, Wendy!

Wendy Hoke said...

You are welcome, Gloria. I've resigned myself to the fact that I may have to forego adequate sleep tonight and finish the book so I can get back to writing.