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I am creating a language which must necessarily spring from a quite new conception of poetry, and I define it in these words: To paint, not the thing, but the effect which it produces.
–Stéphane Mallarmé, in a letter to Henri Cazalis, Oct. 30, 1864 in Oeuvres complètes p. 307 (Pléiade ed. 1945)(S.H. transl.)
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”