Fiery, passionate, world-shaking love gets the glory but i think it’s dangerous to say that love is less real if it’s not constantly exciting or intense or if it doesn’t feel like some inner natural disaster. I want fertile, nurturing, affirming, expansive love first before transient feeling. Love that could start a forest, love that starts life.
| Jett De Leon
All I am certain of is this; that it is quite necessary for me to know that there is someone who is deeply devoted to me as a person, and who also has the capacity and the depth of understanding to share, vicariously, the sometimes crushing burden of creative effort, recognizing the heartache, the great weariness of mind and body, the occasional black despair it may involve — someone who cherishes me and what I am trying to create… The few who understood the creative problem were not people to whom I felt emotionally close; those who loved the non-writer part of me did not, by some strange paradox, understand the writer at all!
And then, my dear one, you came into my life! … I knew when I first saw you that I wanted to see much more of you — I loved you before you left Southport — and very early in our correspondence last fall I began to sense that capacity to enter so fully into the intellectual and creative parts of my life as well as to be a dearly loved friend
“I don’t even want you to be a poet or painter: I want you to be whatever you are led or impelled to become. Nothing you become will disappoint me; I have no preconception that I’d like to see you be or do. I have no idea to foresee you, only discover you. You can’t disappoint me.”