tacita dean

“Writing is actually the translation of a text we already carry within us” Kamienska.


“I like Simone Weil’s idea that writing is actually the translation of a text we already carry within us. That notion makes a heavy task lighter. In fact, though, writing is the backbreaking work of hacking a footpath, as in a coal mine; in total darkness, beneath the earth. 

In poetry there are moments of illumination. A streak of light falls in the dark corridor, then the darkness slams shut overhead once more. 

In prose the darknesses are even thicker, the black clods even harder.”


Words: Anna Kamienska, from “In That Great River: A Notebook”
Image: Tacita Dean. “The Roaring Forties: Seven Boards in Seven Days”
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