A Muse

What is a “Muse?”

“Many artists, writers, poets and musicians have said that their creative work has been inspired by an individual whom they refer to as their muse. A muse is someone who has such an influence on another that he or she becomes the focus and inspiration for that person’s creative work. The term has historically been used by men to describe the women that they have been in love with and made the subject of their work.”

I have always had a muse. Even as a young boy I had my inspirations. Every female I fell in love with became my inspiration. As I got older and read about artists and writers, I was captured in a way, intrigued, and hungry for that in my life. I recognized who I was, who I had always been. I remember all of my failed attempts at poetry, They were always about my “Muse”……Now I find her in my photography……


Henry Miller on March 10, 1932, after Anais Nin and he had become lovers
You make me tremendously happy to hold me undivided – to let me be the artist, as it were, and yet not forgo the man, the animal, the hungry, insatiable lover. No woman has ever granted me all the privileges I need – and you, why you sing out so blithely, so boldly, with a laugh even – yes, you invite me to go ahead, be myself, benture anything. I adore you for that. That is where you are truly regal, a woman extraordinary. What a woman you are! I laugh to myself now when I think of you. I have no fear of your femaleness.”

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