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Author QuotedRene Char
Title QuotedFureur et mystère / Rene Char ; pref. de Yves Berger
Date (Year/Month/Day)1966/08/22
Imprint[Paris] : Gallimard. [1967]
QuotationYesterday - a fine sunny afternoon full of white and blue cumulous clouds. Went out tothe D[erby] D[ay] place in the woods, thinking of M., read some Eckhart - and concluded that I had to simplify and unify everything by making no further plans to get together with her or to keep in habitual contact (but only to take what obviously came by itself). Principle - that what we renounce we recover in God. Then read more Rene Char. He has to be read aloud. Compact, rich, intense, full, much music, more austere and self-contained than Saint-John Perse. I must really read him now. It will take time and attention to absorb all that is there. Perhaps a long course of reading, in the full afternoons out under the trees!
JournalLearning to love: exploring solitude and freedom. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 6, 1966-1967.; Edited by Christine M. Bochen. / [San Francisco] : HarperCollins. 1997, p. 117
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