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Meanwhile in my head, I'm undergoing open-heart surgery - Anne Sexton
"I composed a beautiful letter to you in the sleepless nightmare hours of the night, and it has all gone: I just miss you, in a quite simple desperate human way. You, with all your un-dumb letters, would never write so elementary a phrase as that; perhaps you wouldn’t even feel it. And yet I believe you’ll be sensible of a little gap. But you’d clothe it in so exquisite a phrase that it would lose a little of its reality. Whereas with me it is quite stark: I miss you even more than I could have believed; and I was prepared to miss you a good deal. So this letter is just really a squeal of pain. It is incredible how essential to me you have become. I suppose you are accustomed to people saying these things. Damn you, spoilt creature; I shan’t make you love me any the more by giving myself away like this - But oh my dear, I can’t be clever and stand-offish with you: I love you too much for that. Too truly. You have no idea how stand-offish I can be with people I don’t love. I have brought it to a fine art. But you have broken down my defences. And I don’t really resent it."
- Vita Sackville-West, from a letter to Virginia Woolf dated 21 January 1926
Posted: 1 year ago on Apr 5,2013 at 5:12 AM
Notes: 2069
Tags: #lit  #vita sackville-west  #as requested!  #virginia woolf  #romance  #letters  #passion  #love  #longing 
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