Antonin Artaud Anthology by Antonin Artaud

By Antonin Artaud

“I am the man,” wrote Artaud, “who has most sensible charted his inmost self.” Antonin Artaud was once a very good poet who, like Poe, Holderlin, and Nerval, desired to stay within the limitless and requested that the human spirit burn in absolute freedom.

To society, he used to be a madman. Artaud, in spite of the fact that, used to be now not insane yet in luciferian pursuit of what society retains hidden. the fellow who wrote Van Gogh the guy Suicided by means of Society raged opposed to the madness of social associations with perception that proves extra prescient with each passing yr. this day, as Artaud’s vatic thunder nonetheless crashes above the “larval confusion” he despised, what's so much extraordinary in his writings is an extravagant lucidity.

This assortment provides us fundamental Artaud at the occult, magic, the theater, brain and physique, the cosmos, uprising, and revolution in its private experience.

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S ometimes I linger for hours over the impression some idea or sound has made on me. My emotion does not develop in time, it has no tem­ poral sequence at all. The ebb and flow of my soul are in perfect ac­ cord with the absolute ideality of mind. To confront the metaphysical system I made for myself as a con­ sequence of this void I carry within me. From this pain rooted in me like a wedge, at the center of my pur­ est reality, at the point of my sensibility where the two worlds of body and mind are j oined, I learn to distract myself by the effect of a false suggestion.

Life scoops up ahead of us the pit of all the caresses that somehow we missed. What can we do with this angel at our side, whose apparition never happened? Will all our sensations be forever intellectual, and will our dreams never suc­ ceed in kindling a soul whose feelings will help us die ? What is this death we are alone in forever, where love never teaches us the way ? 51 ing soul might feel the possibility as in dreams of waking up in a more lucid world after having perforated it knows not what barrier - and finds itself in a luminosity where at last its limbs relax, in a place where all worldly partitions seem infinitely fragile.

Then the joints of stones will be seen smoking, arbores­ cent bouquets of mind's eyes will crystallize in glossaries, stone aero­ liths will fall, lines will be seen and the geometry of the void under­ stood : people will learn what the configuration of the mind is, and they will understand how I lost my mind. They will then understand why my mind is not all here; then they will see all languages go dry, all minds parched, all tongues shrivelled up, the human face flattened out, deflated as if sucked up by shrivel­ ing leeches.

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