Monday, November 19, 2007

"For a poem is not timeless. Certainly it lays claim to infinity, it seeks to reach through time—through it, not above and beyond it. A poem as a manifestation of language and thus essentially dialogue, can be a message in a bottle, sent out in the—not always hopeful—belief that somewhere and sometime it could wash up on land, on heartland perhaps. Poems in this sense too are underway: they are making toward something. Toward what? Toward something standing open, occupiable, perhaps toward an addressable Thou, toward an addressable reality."

-- Paul Celan

1 comment:

mansuetude said...

I love Paul Celan, he makes me weep, puts a hole in my heart, crawls in it, and I am on my knees in his effortless power of using less to say All.

Where did U get this quote?