“…I am writing poems and they take the marrow of my energy. Things stir and buzz in my mind but do not get sorted out on paper. Today I want to think a little about loyalty, and it is a fact that I can think something out only by writing it. It is interesting that there is very little about loyalty under the heading in the Oxford Book of Quotations or in Bartlett; yet it must be one of the crucial concepts having to do with human relations, closely connected with trust. I am accused of disloyalty because I talk about things that many people would keep to themselves, and especially because I may discuss with people who ‘should not know’ a human situation in which I am involved. I am not at all discreet about anything that concerns feelings. My business is the analysis of feeling.”

— May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude

May Sarton is the pen name of Eleanore Marie Sarton (May 3, 1912 – July 16, 1995), an American poet, novelist and memoirist. Painting by Polly Thayer Starr.


    1. You might enjoy this book, actually. She talked a lot about writing and the life of a creative. You can borrow mine when I’m done if you don’t mind copious underlines and dogears.

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