Thus there are butterflies in Kafka, too


Thus there are butterflies in Kafka, too                                                                                   with the name of the worshiper                                                                                                  their fullness is crammed into the fullness of the world                                                  like the totem poles of primitive peoples,                                                                               the world of the ancestors took him down to the animals                                                 he must really have known it all along                                                                                          just as K.                                                                                                                                          engraves curlicues on the backs of guilty men                                                                 forces Kafka to move cosmic ages in his writing                                                              convert poetry into doctrine                                                                                                            in the face of reason                                                                                                                        so faithfully


(Found poem taken from Walter Benjamin’s essay on Kafka in Illuminations)

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4 responses to “Thus there are butterflies in Kafka, too

  1. Please keep writing.

    Tell us more.

  2. I have been able to find the first line of this poem in Illuminations. But
    the whole poem–whose is it? Could you tell me more about it.

  3. Thank you very much

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