By Antonin Artaud
“I am the man,” wrote Artaud, “who has most sensible charted his inmost self.” Antonin Artaud was once a good poet who, like Poe, Holderlin, and Nerval, desired to stay within the countless 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, was once no longer insane yet in luciferian pursuit of what society retains hidden. the guy who wrote Van Gogh the fellow Suicided through Society raged opposed to the madness of social associations with perception that proves extra prescient with each passing yr. this present day, as Artaud’s vatic thunder nonetheless crashes above the “larval confusion” he despised, what's so much notable in his writings is an extravagant lucidity.
This assortment provides us crucial Artaud at the occult, magic, the theater, brain and physique, the cosmos, uprising, and revolution in its inner most experience.
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I have only aimed at the clockmaking of the soul, I've only trans cribed the pain of botched adjustment. I'm a complete abyss. Those who believe me capable of a total sor- 33 row, of a beautiful sorrow, of full and fleshy anguishes, of anguishes that are a mixture of objects, an excited manipulation of powers and not a suspended point - with nevertheless animated uprooting impulses which come from the confrontation of my forces with these abysms of proffered absolute (from the confrontation of forces of powerful size) and all that is left are the voluminous abysms, the stopwork, the cold those who've attributed me with more life, j udged me to be less far gone, believed I'd been plunged into an excruciating noise, into a vio lent blackness with which I was struggling are lost in the darkness of man.
The very obscurity became profuse and aimless. The entire gel at tained complete clarity. Translated by Marc Estrin DOCTO R There's a point on which I would have liked to insist: it's concern ing the importance of the thing on which your injections act; this kind of essential relaxation of my being, this lowering of my mental water level which, as one might think, doesn't mean any diminution what27 ever of my morality (my moral soul) or even of my intelligence but, if you wish, only of my usable intellect, of my possibilities for thought, and which has more to do with the feeling I have of myself than with what I show to others.
It consumes only what belongs to it, it is born of its own asphyxia tion. 31 It is a congealing of the marrow, an absence of mental fire, a lack of circulation of life. But the opium anguish has another color. It doesn't have this meta physical slant, this marvelous imperfection of accent. I imagine it full of echoes, caves, labyrinths, detours ; full of talking tongues of fire, of mental eyes in action, and of somber thunderclaps bulging with reason. But I imagine the soul as being well centered and yet divisible to in finity, and transportable as a thing that exists.
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