Celan, 1970

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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
reason,
now to before.

He stepped into release.

 

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“Celan, 1970” first appeared in October 2015. 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.

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8 thoughts on “Celan, 1970

  1. Where is the self-help class for returning words to thought? Ideally would be part of basic elementary education! Start with teaching WHY much of what spills out vocally might not serve well – individually or collectively.

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