By Antonin Artaud
“I am the man,” wrote Artaud, “who has most sensible charted his inmost self.” Antonin Artaud used to be an exceptional poet who, like Poe, Holderlin, and Nerval, desired to stay within the countless and requested that the human spirit burn in absolute freedom.
To society, he used to be a madman. Artaud, although, used to be no longer insane yet in luciferian pursuit of what society retains hidden. the fellow who wrote Van Gogh the fellow Suicided by means of Society raged opposed to the madness of social associations with perception that proves extra prescient with each passing yr. this present day, as Artaud’s vatic thunder nonetheless crashes above the “larval confusion” he despised, what's such a lot outstanding in his writings is an extravagant lucidity.
This assortment offers us vital Artaud at the occult, magic, the theater, brain and physique, the cosmos, uprising, and revolution in its inner most experience.
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Will it paralyze me ? Will I pull out ? No, no ! I'm smashing the last wall. Saint Francis of Assisi, ex-guardian of my sex, draws aside. Sainte Brigitte unclenches my teeth. S aint Augustine undoes my belt. Sainte Catherine of Siena puts God to sleep. It's over, oh it's over, I'm no longer a virgin. The heavenly wall has turned around. Universal mad ness is catching up with me. I scale my delight to the highest ethereal summits. But now Sainte Heloise hears him. Later, infinitely later, she hears and speaks to him.
Ah, what a curious germination. The Great Bear's wanderings fix time in the sky and the sky in Time, from that reversed side of the earth where the sky offers her face. An immense releveling. It's because heaven has a face that Abelard has a heart in which 52 so many stars supremely sprout up and whip his tail. Behind all the meta physics is his love, all paved in flesh, glowing with stones, born in the sky after so many many sowings of the seeds of madness. But Abelard swats away heaven like a blue-tail fly.
Translated by David Rattray ON SUICIDE Before committing suicide, I ask that I be given some real assurance of being; I should like to be sure about death . To me, life seems merely like a consent to the apparent legibility of things and their co herence in the mind. I no longer feel like some irreducible crossroad of things death heals, heals by severing us from nature ; yet what if I am no longer anything but a mere detour ridden by pains but not by things ? If I commit suicide, it will not be to destroy myself but to put my self back together again.
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