A quiet Sunday this week. Just a morning run and later, a latte at one of the sweet places behind Assistens. I'm reading Weekends with O'Keeffe, by CS Merrill, a stunning book that the Towns brought me back from New Mexico last year. It's such a joy to read, almost innocent in how beautifully and honestly it takes in every detail of their lives. The author lived for some years near to Georgia O'Keeffe and became her personal librarian and assistant. It's the insights and inspiration she gains from the artist, but also as a writer herself. I am constantly moved and endeared by how willing and open she is, the way she approaches her work with O'Keeffe, her own work as a poet, and her work as a female historian. Some favourite quotes so far:
'When I can no longer escape myself by sleep, by work or by any other distracting means at hand, then I must write. It always comes to that. I always feel best for days after having written something completely honest from myself'.
'Beauty is nourishing. Beauty is useful because it keeps my will strong and my spirit high'.
'I look on a white wall to my left, and there is a print of the pink and blue arches (Music - Pink and Blue No 1, 1918) by Miss O'Keeffe. It is my favourite, what an inspiration! My feeling here is comparable to what I felt in Wales, when I stood on the highest hill in the wind, intoxicated by beauty... There was green everywhere, and I promised some women of the future yet unborn that, yes, I would precede them and trace for them some avenues of strength'.