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Anatomy of a Sentence: Paul Celan

On a sentence by poet Paul Celan:

A poem, being an instance of language, hence essentially dialogue, may be a letter in a bottle thrown out to sea with the—surely not always strong—hope that it may somehow wash up somewhere, perhaps on a shoreline of the heart.

—Paul Celan, from “Speech on the Occasion of Receiving the Literature Prize of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen” (1958), translated by poet Rosmarie Waldrop

Published in Sacred Trespasses September 16, 2016

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