Today's quote is unrelated to children's literature. On second thought, maybe it isn't. At any rate, the words come from the poet James Wright, in a letter to a friend (1950), and appear in A Wild Perfection: The Selected Letters of James Wright, edited by Anne Wright and Saundra Rose Maley (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005).
You asked about my work...Perhaps the most acute of artistic problems is the emergence from one's self. T.S. Eliot observed that, for the artist, art seeks to escape from personality. He meant that an audience is more interested in your insight into the nature of truth among men and objects, and your most objective creations, than in your allergy to headcolds, your taste for green neckties, or your liking for beer...My problem has always been how to get out of myself—perhaps how to most effectively project myself beyond the limits of my many pettinesses.
Don't miss Wright's poem "A Blessing" online at the Academy of American Poets: www.poets.org.