Sunday, June 23, 2013

May Sarton's Words of Wisdom:


'What Nelson has given me is perhaps the ability to be a little more nonchalant about it all, a little less solemn and intense. We are all myth-makers about ourselves, but part of growing up, I suspect, is the shedding of one myth for another, as a snake sheds its skin. I have no illusions about my ever becoming a true countrywoman–there is too much behind me of a different kind. But it is a game, if you will, to superimpose the myth of the country person on the myth of the lonely battler for an old fashioned style in poetry. I am sure one of the professional hazards the poet must face is the real danger of building up for himself the myth of the martyr, the solitary, unrecognized genius... well, we have to draw courage from somewhere. But I have observed the genius-myth belongs to the very young. Those who insist on dressing up in it after 50 become slightly grotesque. By then one has survived, presumably. And one has settled for doing what one can, and taking the rest, so far as possible, as a joke on one's own pretensions.' May Sarton, Plant Dreaming Deep (1968)