Cioran“All of his life Cioran negated, if not banished, the idea of building for himself a philosophical ‘system’, realizing at an early age that the universe was too far imperturbable to be reduced to man’s own mortification. In his essay ‘Valéry Facing his idols’ he wrote: ‘if we were to translate the philosophers’ lucubrations into normal language, what would be left of them?’ Such premonitions reduced Cioran’s own mind to the size and space of a ‘confessional-box’, an unsolicited and shameless disclosure of who he really was. Each word, a drop of blood, reflected his unnameable lassitude, the inexhaustible sameness of his voice, his always private predilections for nothing but his own interior world-shapes. For this writer there was no difference between the detonation of a bomb and that of a full-stop: he accepted everything, his life a constant ‘new’ death entering into the graveyard of his speech. To live separate from the rest of mankind is not to be a destroyer of worlds, but of the spleen, he who in disparaging human beings acted upon a scarcely credible stage. Each aphorism in The Temptation to Exist for example is a far too-recent disaster, an ethical impasse, where inside each word we hear only a teleological clock ticking, and where the ancient ‘Rules’ and laws of matter have begun to subside in the dust of his own brain.” (Paul Stubbs)

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The Black Herald 3 –

The Black Herald
Literary magazine – Revue de littérature

Issue #3 – September 2012 – Septembre 2012
190 pages – 15€ / £13 / $19 – ISBN 978-2-919582-04-4

Poetry, short fiction, prose, essays, translations.
Poésie, fiction courte, prose, essais, traductions.

With / avec W.S. Graham, Gregory Corso, Andrew Fentham, Louis Calaferte, Iain Britton, Jos Roy, Tristan Corbière, Michael Lee Rattigan, Clayton Eshleman, Denis Buican, John Taylor, César Vallejo, Anne-Sylvie Homassel, Cécile Lombard, Gary J. Shipley, Rosemary Lloyd, Bernard Bourrit, Mylène Catel, Nicolas Cavaillès, Ernest Delahaye, Sébastien Doubinsky, Gerburg Garmann, Michel Gerbal, Allan Graubard, Sadie Hoagland, James Joyce, João Melo, Andrew O’Donnell, Kirby Olson, Devin Horan, Dominique Quélen, Nathalie Riera, Paul B. Roth, Alexandra Sashe, Will Stone, Anthony Seidman, Ingrid Soren, August Stramm, Pierre Troullier, Romain Verger, Anthony Vivis, Elisabeth Willenz, Mark Wilson, Paul Stubbs, Blandine Longre et des essais sur / and essays about Charles Baudelaire, Francis Bacon. ImagesÁgnes Cserháti, Olivier Longre, Will Stone, Devin Horan. Design: Sandrine Duvillier.

The Black Herald is edited by Paul Stubbs and Blandine Longre
Comité de Rédaction : Paul Stubbs et Blandine Longre

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…Jesús Maria Veronica in Holyhood – Alessandro Mercuri (ParisLike)

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“Au sommet du Mont Tepeyac, ce n’est pas la Vierge personnifiée en un corps charnel qui se donne à voir, mais la Madone comme image incarnée insaisissable et ineffable. Ni un corps charnel ni une image désincarnée. Ce qui par miracle est apparu, par enchantement disparait. Dans l’Évangile selon l’Apparition, nous pourrions remplacer le verbe par l’image et dire : Au commencement était l’image… À ceux qui croient en son nom… L’image fut chair. L’image s’incarne en un corps spirituel. Un corps glorieux de couleur et de lumière en un ovale de flammes divines et dorées. Un corps imaginal. Une image sacrée et vibrante parmi les improbables et magiques roses, fleurissantes et hivernales. Comme en une étrange trinité, se pose une relation d’équivalence iconographique entre la perception, l’apparition et la représentation. La Vierge est identique à son apparition qui, elle-même, égale en tous point son image picturale. Non pas trois images mais une triple image qui se donne à voir en une même et unique représentation : une icône.” – Les aventures de Jesús Maria Veronica à Holyhood (extrait) d’Alessandro Mercuri.

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“On top of Mount Tepeyac, it is not the Virgin personified in a flesh and blood body who allows herself to be seen, but the Madonna as an image incarnate, elusive and ineffable. Neither a physical body nor a disincarnate image. What has appeared as if by miracle disappears as if by magic. In the Gospel according to the Apparition, we could replace the Word by the Image and declare: In the beginning was the Image… To those who believed in his name…  The Image was made flesh. The image becomes incarnate in a spiritual body. A glorious body of light and colors in an oval of divine and golden flames. An imaginal body. A sacred and vibrant image among the improbable and magical roses, blossoming and wintery. As if in a strange trinity, an iconographic equivalence is established between the perception, the apparition and the representation. The Virgin is identical to her own apparition, which is itself equal in every respect to its pictorial image. Not three images but a triple one which is to be seen as one representation: an icon. ” – The adventures of Jesús Maria Veronica in Holyhood (excerpt) Alessandro Mercuri

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