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George Oppen

Clarity In the sense of transparence, I don’t mean that much can be explained Clarity in the sense of silence. —  George Oppen, from “Of Being Numerous: Sections 1-22 (1968) ,” New Collected Poems. (New Directions Publishing Corporation; First Edition edition February 2002)

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Robert Walser

Every sensitive person carries in himself old cities enclosed by ancient walls —Robert Walser. A German-speaking Swiss writer, Walser is understood to be the missing link between Kleist and Kafka. Confined to a sanatorium in Herisau, Switzerland, he used to write ‘micrograms’, (undecipherable short texts handwritten in a nano text-size) and take long walks. On… Continue reading Robert Walser

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