Academic · Anthology · Avant-garde · Classic · Collection · Compilation · Dada · Dadaism · French Culture · French Literature · Poetry · Reference · Romanian Culture · Surrealism · Symbolism

Tristan Tzara

The Death of Apollinaire (La Mort de Guillaume Apollinaire) We know nothing                We know nothing of grief The bitter season of cold                                                       Ploughs long furrows in our muscles He would have rather enjoyed delight in victory                We wise beneath calm sorrows caged                                                       Unable to do a thing                                              If the snow… Continue reading Tristan Tzara

Rate this:

Author · French Culture · Paraphrase · Poet · Poetics · Quote · Romanian Culture · Surrealism · Symbolism

Paul Celan

A poem, being an instance of language, hence essentially dialogue, may be a letter in a bottle thrown out to the sea with the—surely not always strong—hope that it may somehow wash up somewhere, perhaps on the shoreline of the heart. In this way, too, poems are en route: they are headed towards. Toward what?… Continue reading Paul Celan

Rate this:

Academic · Anthology · Avant-garde · Classic · Collection · Compilation · Dada · Excerpt · Fragment · French Culture · French Literature · Passage · Poetry · Reference · Romanian Culture · Surrealism · Symbolism

Tristan Tzara

If the birds were among us to be mirrored In the tranquil lake above our heads                                              WE MIGHT UNDERSTAND                Death would be a long and beautiful voyage And an endless holiday for the flesh for structure for bone — Tristan Tzara, from “The Death of Apollinaire (La Mort de Guillaume Apollinaire),” (1919) The… Continue reading Tristan Tzara

Rate this:

Classic · Collection · Essay · Excerpt · Non-fiction · Paraphrase · Passage · Philosophy · Poetics · Poetry · Quote · Romanian Culture · Romanian Literature · Writing

Emil M. Cioran

I have tried to be faithful to my knowledge, to force my instincts to yield, and realized that it is no use wielding the weapons of nothingness if you cannot turn them against yourself. — Emil M. Cioran, “Cosmogony of Desire,” A Short History of Decay. (Arcade Publishing; 1st Arcade paperback ed edition September 15,… Continue reading Emil M. Cioran

Rate this:

American Media · Article · Excerpt · Interview · Newspaper · Paraphrase · Passage · Periodical · Philosophy · Romanian Culture

Emil M. Cioran

Seven years of sleeplessness, and my vision of things is the result of this years-long wakefulness. I saw that philosophy had no power to make my life more bearable. Thus I lost my belief in philosophy. — Emil M. Cioran, from “Novelist And Philosopher of Despair” (Eric Pace, June 22, 1995, The NeSeven years of… Continue reading Emil M. Cioran

Rate this: