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Deena Metzger

  • The world of public discourse — political, social, diplomatic, commercial — has so corrupted language that we are rightly more suspicious of the meaning of words than we are convinced of their veracity. Language has been turned on its head.

  • Creating art and creating ourselves are the same act; art, world, ourselves — these are continuous with one another.

  • The gods come to us in the forms we recognize.

  • There are mythic patterns under all of our lives. Each one of us, often unbeknownst to ourselves, is engaged in a drama of soul that is not reserved only for gods, heroes, and saints. Story is one bridge between the human realm and the divine.

  • One cannot really know an other without intimacy. Detached, objective observations alone leave a surface upon which it is too easy to project one's own image or fantasies. In intimacy, one respectfully interacts with the other, invites the penetration of the other, enters into a common effort, and then the strange and distinct contours of self and other become more apparent.

    • Deena Metzger,
    • in Linda Hogan, Deena Metzger, and Brenda Peterson, eds., Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals ()
  • Eighty percent of language lies to us.

    • Deena Metzger

Deena Metzger, U.S. writer, poet, playwright, counselor

(1936)