Poetry and the Unknown

Poetry leads from the known to the unknown

Georges Bataille

The poem begins when what it tries to say escapes it, hides itself, closes itself off, renounces its name and becomes the nameless; it is a turning towards what refuses and eludes saying. Perhaps the poem begins when it never begins, and poetizing is the incessant repetition of this impossibility, but poetry does not lead to the unknown; it is the unknown which leads to nowhere-ness in its disappearing leading to “itself” which is neither known nor unknown. Poetry is a space in which directions, detours, and oppositions fade away.

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