I believe in an invisible universe in which we mark out our dark accomplishment. I feel the energy of the light that makes the stone break into music, and I suffer from the arrow-tip of longing that pierces us to death from the very beginning and pushes us to go searching beyond, where the wash of uncertainty begins.
–Nelly Sachs to Paul Celan, Stockholm, 1. 9. 1958 –
from their Correspondence
And if I forget how many times I have been here, and in how many shapes,
this forgetting is the necessary interval of darkness between every pulsation of light.
On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
Leave it all behind you. Forget it.
Go forth, unburdened with ideas and beliefs.
Abandon all verbal structures, all relative truth, all tangible objectives.