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Paul Celan

Go blind at once, today:
eternity too is full of eyes—
what helped the images
overcome their coming
drowns there;
there the fire goes out of
what spirited you away from language
with a gesture you let happen
like the waltz of two words
made of pure fall, silk, and nothing.

— Paul Celan, from “La Contrescarpe,” Glottal Stop (Wesleyan, 2000)


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