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Old 06-29-2009   #31
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Re: Dark Literary Quotations

"As long as you have not grasped that you have to die to grow, you are a troubled guest on the dark earth."
--Mircea Eliade (1907-1986)

"We work in the dark -- we do what we can -- we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art."
--Henry James (1843-1916)
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Why to cling to fruitless fighting, if, at the end of the road, there is a deep grave and an infinite nothingness as a reward?


¿Por qué aferrarse en estériles luchas, si al final del camino se encuentra como todo premio un sepulcro profundo y una nada infinita?


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"In a state of misery, beauty is a monster."

Léon Bloy (1846-1917), from his diaries (1/11/1900).

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Genius? At this moment
A hundred thousand brains are dreaming they're geniuses like me,
And it may be that history won't remember even one...
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Insane asylums are full of lunatics with certainties!



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The Poetry of Yannis Ritsos


HINTS: The Poetry of Yannis Ritsos


Clay: 26

Pieces of cotton
not for the wound—
as evening falls
resplendent—
for the mouth
for the ears
for the eyes.

Athens—January 18, 1978

Lots: 4

A pregnant woman
at the window
below the window
the sea
with scattered lemons
with drowning victims.

from Lots (1977)

Night

Tall eucalyptus trees and a wide moon.
A star shimmers on the water.
The heavens white, silver.
Stones, ravaged stones, all the way up.
Nearby, in the shallows, a fish
is heard jumping, a second, a third . . .
Grand, ecstatic orphanage — freedom.

October 21, 1968
Partheni concentration camp

Epilogue

Life? — a wound in non-existence.

July 27, 1968
Partheni concentration camp

Aging

Saturday, Sunday, Saturday again—and before you know it, Monday.
A quiet dusk without color, or trees, or chairs.
We have nothing to spend. The old pitcher on the dinner table;
the plates, the glasses, the sad hands, the deserted—
the spoon rises; another mouth finds it—but which mouth?
Who eats? Who grows quiet? In the open window
a small, forgotten moon swallows its own spit.
It's not that we're no longer growing fat, but that we're no longer hungry.

June 4, 1968
Partheni concentration camp

Clay: 6


The shoes of the dead
in all sizes
you tried them all—
and all at a very good price.


Athens—January 16, 1978

from Clay (1980)

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"Como no me he preocupado de nacer, no me preocupo de morir."

"Since I have not been concerned with being born, I do not worry about dying."

Federico García Lorca
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"Daddy, I have had to kill you.
You died before I had time..."

from Daddy, Sylvia Plath
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Heidegger considers the human condition coldly and announces that existence is humiliated. The only reality is "anxiety" in the whole chain of being. To the man lost in the world and its diversions this anxiety is a brief, fleeting fear. But if that fear becomes conscious of itself, it becomes anguish, the perpetual climate of the lucid man "in whom existence is concentrated." This professor of philosophy writes without trembling and in the most abstract language in the world that "the finite and limited character of human existence is more primordial than man himself." His interest in Kant extends only to recognizing the restricted character of his "pure Reason." This is to conclude at the end of his analyses that "the world can no longer offer anything to the man filled with anguish." This anxiety seems to him so much more important than all the categories in the world that he thinks and talks only of it. He enumerates its aspects: boredom when the ordinary man strives to quash it in him and benumb it; terror when the mind contemplates death. He too does not separate consciousness from the absurd. The consciousness of death is the call of anxiety and "existence then delivers itself its own summons through the intermediary of consciousness." It is the very voice of anguish and it adjures existence "to return from its loss in the anonymous They." For him, too, one must not sleep, but must keep alert until the consummation. He stands in this absurd world and points out its ephemeral character. He seeks his way amid these ruins.
Camus (Myth, p. 18)

Existence - system of null-functions activated into partial non-nullity by ignorance.
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Re: Dark Literary Quotations

"I received life like a wound, and I have forbidden suicide to heal the scar. I want the Creator, every hour of his eternity , to contemplate its gaping crevasse. This is the punishment I inflict on him."

Comte de Lautréamont - Les Chants de Maldoror ( chant III).

(In french: "J’ai reçu la vie comme une blessure, et j’ai défendu au suicide de guérir la cicatrice. Je veux que le Créateur en contemple, à chaque heure de son éternité, la crevasse béante. C’est le châtiment que je lui inflige.")
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