True Poetry is Antibiographical | Paul Celan, 1920-70

Paul Celan, 1920-70                                                      Paul Celan, Microliths, 2020

"True poetry is antibiographical. The poet’s homeland is his poem and changes from one
 poem to the next. The distances are the old, eternal ones: infinite like the cosmos, in which 
each poem attempts to assert itself as a — minuscule — star. Infinite also like the distance 
between one’s I and one’s You: from both sides, from both poles the bridge is built: in the 
middle, halfway, where the carrier pylon is expected, from above or from below, there is the
 place of the poem. From above: invisible and uncertain. From below: from the abyss of 
hope for the distant, the future-distant kin."

Paul Celan, from “Microliths”
 trans Pierre Joris

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