One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Paul Celan and Pont Mirabeau

Though I lent my copy of John Felstiner's book (Paul Celan: Poet, Survivor, Jew) to a neighbor and it never returned, I found this snippet (pretty much what I'd remembered: i.e., Celan jumped from Pont Mirabeau and was reading about Holderlin just before he died) online:

A biography of Holderlin was found then on Celan's desk, open to an underlined passage: "Sometimes this genius goes dark and sinks down into the bitter well of his heart." Celan did not, I noticed, underline the rest of the sentence in the Holderlin biography: "but mostly his apocalyptic star glitters wondrously."

Pont Mirabeau

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