Antonin Artaud Anthology by Antonin Artaud

By Antonin Artaud

“I am the man,” wrote Artaud, “who has top charted his inmost self.” Antonin Artaud was once an excellent poet who, like Poe, Holderlin, and Nerval, desired to stay within the endless and requested that the human spirit burn in absolute freedom.

To society, he used to be a madman. Artaud, even though, was once no longer insane yet in luciferian pursuit of what society retains hidden. the fellow who wrote Van Gogh the fellow Suicided via 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 such a lot amazing in his writings is an extravagant lucidity.

This assortment supplies us indispensable 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 do not labor within the scope of any domain. My only labor is in eternity itself. Translated by D{l'(}id Rattray 47 WHO, IN THE HEART . • • Who, in the heart of certain anxieties at the bottom of some dreams, has not known death as a shattering and miraculous sensation with which nothing in the order of mental experience could ever be con­ fused? You have to have experienced this gasping crescendo of an­ guish which comes over you in waves, and then swells you as if blown up by some unbearable bellows.

The child sees recognizable throngs of ancestors in which he notes the origins of all known man-to-man resemblances. The world of ap­ pearances swells and overflows into the impalpable and the unknown. But an overshadowing of life occurs, and henceforth such states will not recur unless graced with a lucidity which is totally abnormal and due, for example, to narcotics. Hence the immense utility of these poisons to liberate and heighten the mind. 1 This straitjacket death where the soul writhes in trying to regain at last a complete and permeable state, where everything would not be shock nor the jagged edges of a deli­ rious confusion of rationalizations without end, mingling in the fibres of a simultaneously unbearable and melodious synthesis, where everything would not feel sick, where the smallest place would not be incessantly reserved for the greatest hunger, the hunger for an absolute space that would be defi­ nitive this time, where under this paroxysmal pressure there suddenly would break through the feeling of a new level, where from the bottom of a nameless synthesis this writhing, snortII affirm, and will not let go of the idea, that death is not outside the field of the mind, and that it is, within certain limitations, recognizable and ap­ proachable by a certain sensibility.

In sleep, nerves taut the length of the legs. Sleep came from being out of step with my belief, I was losing my grip and the absurd was stepping on my toes. · You have to understand that all intelligence is only a vast eventual­ ity, and that you can lose it, not like the lunatic who's dead but like a being in the midst of life who feels its attraction and its breath (of in­ telligence, not of life). Titillations of the intelligence and this brusque reversal of parts. Words halfway to intelligence.

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