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423b2e

7.31.2012

on women, iv


June Miller, wife of Henry Miller

“It was not only that June had the body of the women who climbed every night upon the stage of music halls and gradually undressed, but that it was impossible to situate her in any other atmosphere. The luxuriance of the flesh, its vivid tones, the fevered eyes and the weight of the voice, its huskiness, became instantly conjugated with sensual love. Other women lost this erotic phosphorescence as soon as they abandoned their role of dance-hall hostesses. But June’s night life was internal, it glowed from within her and it came, in part, from her treating every encounter as either intimate, or to be forgotten. It was as if, before every man, she lighted within herself the lamp lighted by waiting mistresses or wives at the end of the day, only they were her eyes, and it was her face which became like a poem’s bedchamber, tapestried with twilight and velvet. As it glowed from within her, it could appear in totally unexpected places, early in the morning, in a neglected café, on a park bench, on a rainy morning in front of a hospital or a morgue, anywhere. It was always the soft light kept through the centuries for the moment of pleasure.”

~ by Anais Nin
From The Diary of Anais Nin, Volume I (1931-1934) (1966)
writing about June (pictured),
wife of Henry Miller

via Lit Bits

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8 comments:

bulletholes said...

Very pretty.

goatman said...

Sounds like Anais knew her as well as Henry.
Nice tribute in any event.

red dirt girl said...

Hi cowboy ~ she was very pretty; and so are Anais' words as well. She (Anais) was in love with June, so this is a very intimate portrait.

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red dirt girl said...

Goatman ~ insightful as always. I had read most of Nin's erotica while in college. I always thought of her as bisexual. Certainly the relationship between her, June Miller, Henry Miller and Nin's husband at the time, Hugh Guiler, was complex and complicated. June Miller was openly bisexual. Nin asserts in her diaries that though she AND Henry were quite besotted with June, and yes, she (Nin) had erotic feelings toward June, she never 'dipped in the lady pond' so to speak.

Bottom line, this piece was written by a woman in love ... with June.

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goatman said...

I find it hard to believe that she wouldn't have fulfilled her longings.
Henry probably wouldn't have minded.

red dirt girl said...

goatman - Anais redefines our current notions of 'polyamorous relationships'... AND she was a bigamist !! Hmmm - wonder why that surprised me ??!!

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bulletholes said...

I put her in my Fully Clothed Women album last year...
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=301434793200866&l=89e448594f

red dirt girl said...

Cowboy! That's a great quote by her - she's a very 'quotable' kind of gal. Sounds like she DID kick ordinary in the ass and lived out her marvelous dream. Hope she had fun along the way.

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