24 October 2006

James Merrill

[from On “Yánnina”: An Interview with David Kalstone from Collected Prose by James Merrill]

You hardly ever need to state your feelings. The point is to feel and keep the eyes open. Then what you feel is expressed, is mimed back at you by the scene. A room, a landscape. I'd go a step further. We don’t know what we feel until we see it distanced by this kind of translation.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous00:20

    This was a good guy. His eyes were wide open, and he had a hesitancy to speak. So the quote makes sense.