uncertainplume (bobbydrake666) wrote,
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Antonin Artaud- Open Letter To The Reverend Father Laval

Sir,
All that is fine and that you recognize my right to totally and integrally
express my individuality.
However singular it may be
and
heterogenous it may appear.
But there is one thing you do not say
and which constitutes a fundamental reservation about this right of
expression,
it is that you yourself were
and are
BOUND by 2
CAPITAL rites,
that is, when you uttered those words,
you were in reality
BOUND by 2 rites
with your own consent
paralyzing
your hands.
The fact is that like every priest
you were
and are BOUND
by the 2 rites
of the consecration
and elevation
of the Mass.
The fact is that like every Catholic priest
you had said your Mass that very morning.
And the celebration of the ceremony
called Mass
includes in the foreground
those 2 rites of BINDING
which for me
are tantamount to a downright spell
Consecration
and
elevation
are
spells
of a special
but
MAJOR order
which, if I may say so, capitalizes
life,
which drains all the spiritual forces in such a direction that all that is
body is reduced to nothingness
and nothing else remains except a certain
psychic life
completely freed
but so free
that all the phantasms
of the spirit
of pure spirit
can be given free rein there
and there occurs
the sinister and torrential expansion of the diluvian and antediluvian
life
of obsessional beasts
and it is precisely against all this
that we are struggling
because flagitious sexual life is behind the free expansions of the spirit
and that
is what
the consecration
and
elevation
of the Mass
have
without saying it
FREED.
There is a nauseating flocculation of the infectious life of being
which the PURE BODY
repulses
but which
the PURE SPIRIT
accepts
and which the Mass
through its rites bring about.
And it is this flocculation
which maintains the present
life of this world
in the spiritual lower depths
into which it is forever plunging.
But this is what popular consciousness will never understand,
that a macerated and trampled body,
crushed and compiled
by the suffering and pains of being nailed to the cross
like the ever living body of Golgotha
will be superior to a spirit handed over to all the phantasms of the inte-
rior life
which is merely the leaven
and the seed
for all the stinking phantasmagorical bestializations.
- translated by Clayton Eshleman
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