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Arthur Rimbaud

I’m degrading myself as much as possible now. Why? I want to be a poet, and I’m working to turn myself into a seer; you don’t understand it at all and I don’t know how to explain it. It’s all a matter of arriving at the unknown via the derangement of all the senses … — Arthur Rimbaud, from a letter to George Izambard (13 May 1871), Complete Works, Selected Letters (University of Chicago Press, 1966)

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