In order to negotiate life, most people sort of chart an emotional
course to avoid the rocks and shoals, so your ship doesn't crack up.
But Tennessee wrote about all of those shoals and the monsters
in the sea that come up and eat the boat. He went into the
taboos of the heart and let us know that we don't have to carve
out of our souls the innocence and the madness-- the things
society wants to amputate. He saw life whole-- not just the skin
on the hand, but the bones and the blood in the veins beneath.
(Quoted in Michiko Kakutani's "The Poet at the Piano: Portraits of
Writers, Filmmakers, Playwrights, and Other Artists at Work.")