Paul Celan: Selections

By Paul Celan, Pierre Joris

The top creation to the paintings of Paul Celan, this anthology deals a extensive number of his writing in unsurpassed English translations in addition to a wealth of commentaries via significant writers and philosophers. the current choice relies on Celan's personal 1968 chosen poems, notwithstanding enlarged to incorporate either past and later poems, in addition to prose works, The Meridian, Celan's center assertion on poetics, and the narrative Conversation within the Mountains. This quantity additionally comprises letters to Celan's spouse, the artist Gisèle Celan-Lestrange; to his good friend Erich Einhorn; and to René Char and Jean-Paul Sartre—all showing right here for the 1st time in English.

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Attention," for those who permit me a quote from Malebranche through Walter Benjamin's essay on Kafka, "attention is the ordinary prayer of the soul. " The poem turns into — below what stipulations — the poem of an individual who nonetheless perceives, nonetheless turns in the direction of phenomena, addressing and wondering them. The poem turns into dialog — usually determined dialog. simply the distance of this dialog can identify what's addressed, can assemble it right into a "you" round the naming and conversing I. yet this "you," comes approximately via dint of being named and addressed, brings its otherness into the current. Even within the right here and now of the poem — and the poem has simply this one, specified, short-term current — even during this immediacy and nearness, the otherness supplies voice to what's such a lot its personal: its time. at any time when we converse with issues during this method we additionally reside at the query in their where-from and where-to, an "open" query "without resolution," a question which issues in the direction of open, empty, loose areas — we have now ventured some distance out. The poem additionally searches for this position. The poem ? The poem with its pictures and tropes? women and gents, what am i really conversing approximately while I communicate from this place, during this course, with those phrases concerning the poem, no, in regards to the poem? i'm speaking a few poem which doesn't exist! absolutely the poem — no, it definitely doesn't, can't exist. yet in each actual poem, even the least formidable, there's this ineluctable query, this exorbitant declare. Then what are photographs? What has been, what may be perceived, many times, and simply right here, merely now. consequently the poem is where the place all tropes and metaphors are looking to be led advert absurdum. And topological examine? definitely. yet within the mild of what's nonetheless to be sought for: in a u-topian gentle. And the person? The actual creature? during this mild. What questions! What claims! it's time to retrace our steps. girls and gents, i've got come to the tip — i've got come again to the start. Elargissez I'artl This challenge confronts us with its previous and new uncanniness. I took it to Biichner, and imagine i discovered it in his paintings. I even had a solution prepared, i needed to counter, to contradict, with a be aware opposed to the grain, like Lucile's. amplify paintings? No. to the contrary, take artwork with you into your innermost narrowness. And set your self unfastened. i've got taken this path, even at the present time, with you. it's been a circle. paintings (this contains Medusa's head, the mechanism, the automaton), artwork, the uncanny strangeness that's so demanding to tell apart and maybe is just one finally — artwork lives on. two times, with Lucile's "Long reside the king" and while the sky opened as an abyss below Lenz, there looked as if it would ensue an Atemwende, a turning of breath. might be additionally whereas i used to be attempting to head for that inhabitable distance which, eventually, used to be obvious basically within the determine of Lucile. And as soon as, by means of dint of recognition to objects and beings, we got here with regards to a loose, open house and, ultimately, as regards to Utopia. Poetry, women and gents: what an eternalization of not anything yet mortality, and in useless.

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