By Antonin Artaud
“I am the man,” wrote Artaud, “who has most sensible charted his inmost self.” Antonin Artaud was once a very good poet who, like Poe, Holderlin, and Nerval, desired to reside within the countless and requested that the human spirit burn in absolute freedom.
To society, he was once a madman. Artaud, notwithstanding, used to be now not insane yet in luciferian pursuit of what society retains hidden. the fellow who wrote Van Gogh the guy Suicided by means of Society raged opposed to the madness of social associations with perception that proves extra prescient with each passing yr. at the present time, as Artaud’s vatic thunder nonetheless crashes above the “larval confusion” he despised, what's such a lot remarkable in his writings is an extravagant lucidity.
This assortment offers us necessary Artaud at the occult, magic, the theater, brain and physique, the cosmos, uprising, and revolution in its inner most experience.
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Childhood knows sudden awakenings of the mind, intense prolongations of thought which get lost again at a later age. In certain childhood panics, in certain gran diose and irrational fears in which lurks the feeling of an extra-human threat, the incontestable fact is that death appears like the rending of a nearby membrane, like the lifting of a veil which is the world - amorphous, badly shored-up as ever. Who has no memory of unimaginable magnifications on the order of a total mental reality, and which were not at all amazing at the time, but were given, truly delivered, to the forest of one's childhood per ceptions ?
Opens a door. Climbs the stairs. A bell. Her sweet, crushed breasts rise up. Her skin is even whiter on her breasts. Her body is white, but blemished, for 53 no woman's belly is pure. Their skins are the color of mildew. Their belly smells good, but how poor it is. And so many generations dream of this one. And here it is. Abelard, a man, holds it. Glorious belly. That's it, and yet it isn't. Eat straw and fire. The kiss opens its caverns where the sea comes to die. There it is, the spasm, with heaven con curring, toward which a spiritual coalition unfurls, AND IT COMES FROM ME.
God ! Quick, the eye of a needle ! The smallest needle's eye, so that Abelard won't be able to come looking for us. The day is strangely beautiful. From now on it can't be otherwise. For as of today Abelard no longer is chaste. The tight chain of books is broken. He renounces the chaste coitus permitted by God. How beautiful the act of love is ! Even when human, even while en j oying the body of a woman, what seraphic and intimate voluptuous ness. Heaven within reach of earth, and less beautiful.
Antonin Artaud Anthology by Antonin Artaud