Philip Larkin on talking in bed

mjc-Philip Larkin Talking in Bed

Talking in bed ought to be easiest,
Lying together there goes back so far,
An emblem of two people being honest.
Yet more and more time passes silently.
Outside, the wind’s incomplete unrest
Builds and disperses clouds in the sky,
And dark towns heap up on the horizon.
None of this cares for us. Nothing shows why
At this unique distance from isolation
It becomes still more difficult to find
Words at once true and kind,
Or not untrue and not unkind.

Philip Larkin, Talking in Bed

INSIDE INSIGHT: I really like this quote because so many of the conversations Jane and Alex have in bed are so terribly awkward. Even when she starts them by undoing his pyjama pants…

You: “Who’s Alex?”

Me: “The husband.”

You: “Oh, right. Does she ever talk in bed with Matt?”

Me: “Ha. Loaded question.”

ORDERS: Get the writer in your life a copy of Philip Larkin’s Letters to Monica. Get your favourite lover a copy of Larkin’s High Windows. Talk in bed.

About mjanecolette

Writer. Reader. Angster. Reformed Bohemian (not). Author of the erotic romance Tell Me, the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) Consequences (of defensive adultery), and the rom-com (she's versatile) Cherry Pie Cure, as well as the non-fiction collection of essays Rough Draft Confessions: not a guide to writing and selling erotica and romance but full of inside inside anyway. Coming in 2018: Text Me, Cupid, a steamy romance in four episodes. Current WiPs: Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Jewel of the Not-So-Spectacular Boobs, All In the Cards, and Un-Valentine. Yes, working on four projects simultaneously is a spectacularly bad idea.

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