Stories not spoken

Few of the stories one has it in one’s self to speak get spoken, because the heart rarely confesses to intelligence its deeper needs: and few of the stories one has at the top of one’s head to tell get told, because the mind does not always possess the voice for them. Even when the voice is there, and the tongue is limber as if with liquor or with love, where is that sensitive, admiring, other pair of ears?

Preface to In The Heart of the Heart of The Country, William Gass

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