“But to say what you want to say, you must create another language and nourish it for years and years with what you have loved, with what you have lost, with what you will never find again. ”
Seferis, as quoted in Mary Ruefle’s “Madness, Rack, and Honey”, p. 191.
“genius is the ignition of affection — not intellect, as is supposed, — the exaltation of devotion, and in proportion to our capacity for that, is our experience of genius.¨
Dickinson, in a letter to Louise and Frances Norcross, early spring 1881