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MANIFESTO OF LETTERIST POETRY by Isidore Isou.
[Excerpts from ‘Introduction à une Nouvelle Poésie et une Nouvelle Musique.’
Paris, Gallimard, 1947]

“Destruction of WORDS for LETTERS
This does not mean : destroying words for other words. Nor forging notions to specify their nuances. Nor mixing terms to make them hold more meaning.
But it does mean : TAKING ALL LETTERS AS A WHOLE, UNFOLDING BEFORE DAZZLED SPECTATORS. MARVELS CREATED FROM LETTERS (DEBRIS FROM THE DESTRUCTION); CREATING AN ARCHITECTURE OF LETTRIC RHYTHMS; ACCUMULATING FLUCTUATING LETTERS IN A PRECISE FRAME; ELABORATING SPLENDIDLY THE CUSTOMARY COOING; COAGULATING THE CRUMBS OF LETTERS FOR A REAL MEAL; RESUSCITATING THE JUMBLE IN A DENSER ORDER; MAKING UNDERSTANDABLE AND TANGIBLE THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE AND VAGUE; CONCRETIZING SILENCE; WRITING THE NOTHINGNESS.
It is : the role of the poet to advance toward subversive sources. the obligation of the poet to advance in the black and burdened depths of the unknown. the craft of the poet to open one more treasure-room door for the common man.” Isidore Isou, 1947.


 

 


 

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