The space of the door 2

Beckett directed that his 1976 Neither be included with his "short prose" rather than with his poetry, perhaps because he considered prose less structured than poetry. In any case, "that unheeded neither" described here is both decisively outside all possible description, beyond structure, and what makes any description possible in the first place, the origin of structure:

TO AND FRO in shadow from inner to outershadow
from inpenetrable self to inpenetrable nonself by way of neither
as between two lit refuges whose doors once neared gently close,
once turned away from gently part again
beckoned back and forth and turned away
heedless of the way, intent on the one gleam or the other
unheard footfalls only sound
till at last halt for good, absent for good from self and other
then no sound
then gently light unfading on that unheeded neither
unspeakable home

September 7, 2003 in Beckett, Original difference | Permalink

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