A Poet Reflects

“To know that one does not write for the other, to know that these things I am going to write will never cause me to be loved by the one I love (the other), to know that writing compensates for nothing, sublimates nothing, that it is precisely there where you are not—this is the beginning of writing.” 
—Roland Barthes, from A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments (Hill and Wang, 1979)

“To know that one does not write for the other, to know that these things I am going to write will never cause me to be loved by the one I love (the other), to know that writing compensates for nothing, sublimates nothing, that it is precisely there where you are not—this is the beginning of writing.” 

—Roland Barthes, from A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments (Hill and Wang, 1979)


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