Dragonfly: Any of various large insects of the order Odonata or suborder Anisoptera, having a long slender body and two pairs of narrow, net-veined wings that are usually held outstretched while the insect is at rest. Also called regionally darner, darning needle, mosquito fly, mosquito hawk, needle, skeeter hawk.
Poetry: The art or work of a poet.
Prolixity: Excessive wordiness in speech or writing; longwindedness
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Happy Birthday, Dearest Anais Nin
A few of my Anais Nin books.
Anais Nin was a prolific diarist and writer born February 21, 1903. She is one of my favorite authors of all time and I wrote this little prose poem a few years back in her honor. (Her name is pronounced "ana-eese neen"). I first read her diaries in the 1970's and they totally transformed me. She was one of the first women I read about who had the courage to create her own life, like a fine painting. If you haven't read her diaries, then I highly recommend them, both the edited and the unedited versions. They're a glimpse into the heart and soul of a creative, fearless woman. Also, the movie, "Henry and June" is purely amazing and follows the first edited diary. Uma Thurman as Henry's second wife, June, stole the movie...
"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection."~Anais Nin
To Anais Nin on Her Birthday
I was hungry for a muse when you came to me and fed me, filling me with your words expanding my little world changing me forever.
Woman-child, Queen of artifice, keeper of the gates of feminine mystery, I thank you for having the courage to have lived your life as no other woman has before you or since.
Anais Nin, 1940
"Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death." ~Anais Nin, Winter of Artifice