Alec Nevala-Lee

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The evasion of false logic

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I had always believed in André Breton’s freedom, to write as one thinks, in the order and disorder in which one feels and thinks, to follow sensations and absurd correlations of events and images, to trust to the new realms they lead one into. “The cult of the marvelous.” Also the cult of the unconscious leadership, the cult of mystery, the evasion of false logic. The cult of the unconscious as proclaimed by Rimbaud. It is not madness. It is an effort to transcend the rigidities and the patterns made by the rational mind.

Anaïs NinThe Diary of Anaïs Nin, Volume One: 1931-1934

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March 12, 2017 at 7:30 am

“I am a poet. It’s really not my fault…”

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I’m now making myself as scummy as I can. Why? I want to be a poet, and I’m working at turning myself into a Seer. You won’t understand any of this, and I’m almost incapable of explaining it to you. The idea is to reach the unknown by the derangement of all the senses. It involves enormous suffering, but one must be strong and be a born poet. And I’ve realized that I am a poet. It’s really not my fault.

Arthur Rimbaud, in a letter to Georges Izambard

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August 31, 2011 at 7:11 am

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