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The Witness of Poetry by Czesław Miłosz
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"Poetry ...is a more reliable witness than journalism."

"...rhetoric often posses for poetry and is its temporary substitute."

"Poetry is the act of universalizing individual experiences."

"... is non-eschatological poetry possible?"

"I have defined poetry as a passionate pursuit of the Real."

"Poetry of prisons and concentration camps...behaves like a mute who tries in vain to squeeze some articulate sound out of his throat."

"One asks...whether a more perfect poetry would not be a more appropriate monument than poetry on the level of facts."

"What surrounds us here and now is not guaranteed. I could just as well not exist-and so, man constructs poetry out of the remnants foound in ruins."

In another essay, Milosz says that it is difficult for Americans to be poets because they have nothing to write about.
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