Best line: No. 1: ”I cannot see what I have gone through until I write it down. I am blind without a pencil.” No. 2: “I am convinced that you must write as if no one were ever going to see it. Write it all, as personally and specifically as you can, as deeply and honestly as you can. … In fact, I think it is the only true way to reach the universal, through the knot-hole of the personal. So do, do go ahead and write it as it boils up: the hot lava from the unconscious. Don’t stop to observe, criticize, or be ‘ironic.’ Just write it, like a letter, without rereading. Later, one can decide what to do.”
The quote above contains excellent advice for all poets and writers.
Reading this review made me wish I had lived before instant communication, when people wrote letters, lots of letters. My mom and her older sister wrote weekly to each other and saved and reread favorite letters. The letters could be passed on to their children. How cool would that be? But it doesn’t happen today. We are missing out.