Paul Celan On Poetry

Paul CelanPaul Celan (November 23, 1920 – April 20, 1970) 

A poem, as manifestation of language and thus essentially dialogue, can be a message in a bottle, sent out in the — not always greatly hopeful — belief that somewhere and sometime it could wash up on land, on heartland perhaps. Poems in this sense, too, are under way: they are making toward something.