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THE SECOND MANIFESTO OF POETISM

POETRY FOR THE FIVE SENSES (excerpt) by Karel Teige translated by David Vichnar (forthcoming in Prague Poetics: from 1920 to the Present, Litteraria Pragensia)   In lieu of the old categories of art, corresponding to the higher aesthetic senses (sight and hearing), to man’s intellectual and practical needs which are today better served by other … Continue reading

"Modernity today is not in the hands of the poets, but in the hands of the cops" // Louis Aragon
"It is the business of the future to be dangerous" // A.N. Whitehead

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"Poetism is the crown of life; Constructivism is its basis" // Karel Teige

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“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for?…we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us” // Franz Kafka, letter to Oskar Pollack, 27 January 1904
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