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By Adrienne Rich

The topics of this booklet are the poetics of violence and the poetics of affection. Its impulse is the deepening of recognitions via language, in a time of lack of understanding and mutilation.

Miss wealthy has written: "For a poet...there is that this basic exertions with phrases. yet i've got the concept that the way you stay your lifestyles has anything to do with it—that morality, for a poet, is a refusal of blinders, of conventional consolations, a braveness to be on my own, or wounded....A willingness to step out into the fog, to take paths which can lead nowhere. simple task, predictability, are the 1st helps that experience to move. I see the poetry of items as status in resistance to brute mechanistic strength, the cost of the rhinoceros with its head down. To discover—literally—this poetry and re-create it in language is a poet's crucial action."

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A year ago,— this year! You can see, beloved Princess, today I am not to be borne with, I wish we were sitting in your boudoir in Duino or up in the retreat in the chapel, where I read aloud to you out of my pocket note-book, for to groan orally does still show consideration, but to groan on paper is cow­ ardly, I know—and yet . . Princess, I have been puzzling in silence like all the world over the common future, that of all of us, although I am committed to fewer assumptions than any man on the street, for history is dark to me; also I suspect that it is not history at all that one might know and draw conclusions from, but an odd selection from the fortuitous and the system­ atic, in which man recognizes himself because the Rainer Maria Rilke 43 continual confusion of the two is his most inti­ mate emotion.

The Cornet was being performed in Leip­ zig with music . . I could not positively advise [your mother] to go, for this reciting to music is a running-along of one art beside the other as though it depended on which won: and only one does actually win. . So, my dear boy, I quite unexpectedly find myself among the authors of this exceptional year, my voice of fifteen years ago speaks into the attentive ear of the people who have been frightened for months—mine? The voice of that one distant night of my youth in Rainer Maria Rilke 27 which I wrote the Cornet, excited to it by clouds passing in strange flight high across the m oon..

There is a way out, to call this sick, and some days too I am nothing but that, sick, that is a small matter, and I imagine that the good Stauffenberg might have been able to change that; for it was to that end after all that I came here. A year ago,— this year! You can see, beloved Princess, today I am not to be borne with, I wish we were sitting in your boudoir in Duino or up in the retreat in the chapel, where I read aloud to you out of my pocket note-book, for to groan orally does still show consideration, but to groan on paper is cow­ ardly, I know—and yet .

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