pierre albert jourdan

The inner disaster is the only resource. 

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What is within our power is worse than death: It is destruction. There are places where even death no longer passes through.

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The landscape has remained intact. It is not contaminated by spoken words. It pushes them back and they flow into you again. It is always in you that everything is degraded. 

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Another name encircles us but it cannot be written down.

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I will limp up to You as a non-believer. Perhaps a bit of me could dye a columbine blue at the edge of the road?

Will we have the energy to stop speaking?
For we have to get ready to do so.


—Pierre-Albert Jourdan (trans. John Taylor), excerpts from “The Dead Angle” in The Straw Sandals