Celan, 1970


Celan, 1970

From frame to door,
the obvious defers, denying

entry as if
an eye could reclaim

or separate

the fallen tear
and the river’s skin,

or return
those words to

thought, water to
stone, intent

to cold
now to before.

He stepped into release.

One of the most influential (and difficult) European poets of the 20th century, Paul Celan survived the horror of World War II but never escaped its shadow. A brief biography may be found here.


22 thoughts on “Celan, 1970

  1. Celan’s *Todesfuge* is one of my favorite all time poems — harrowing, powerful, it is the only piece of literature that even comes close to capturing the absolute madness of the Holocaust. Thank you for remembering this tragic genius.

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  2. I love this “class” of your work, Bob, though such a clunky descriptor is inadequate. But I appreciate how you educate readers like me, and illuminate the work of these other poets while at the same time paying eloquent tribute with your own poetry.

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  3. Beautifully done is most likely an inept statement. But to say more requires a stirring of emotions.. deep,this inspires. Thank you for this,a gift,some need reminding.
    It is from each nerve ending to create..are we to worry about each meaning too?
    Thank you again.
    Peace and love

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