Edward Stachura "po zewnętrznej stronie urwiska"
Edward Stachura „Outside the Cliff”
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I start the paper with the assumption that Edward Stachura’s transgressions were his means to approach something that is most important. This is clearly visible in the internal and external borders of literature that he enjoyed crossing so much. His work could be characterized not only in terms of hybrid, crisis and ultimate end, but also as existing on the literary margins, or even further, „outside the cliff”. What I am trying to prove is the concept that while talking about what is outside literature, Stachura used the language of literature. Therefore, his literary output possesses plenty of points opening themselves for a kind of other space. Besides the poet’s and his fictional protagonists’ direct words, the urge to cross the borders of literature can be noticed in such editorial practices as the suggestive usage of blank pages, or special endings of some of his pieces,which implied not only the end of something, but also the beginning of something new. Together with Stachura’s unique interest in the concept of wholeness, oneness and totality, all these aforementioned practices prove that his literature can function as an example of works that Roberto Calasso called „absolute literature”.
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