Information becomes truth when accurate, and poetry becomes truth when it has independent unity.

E. M. Forster



About information, who witnessed it where is important. That's why it needs a signature. But poetry is the reverse. What matters is not who wrote it, but a work which creates the "essential" world more than events happening before us. When both the author and the reader are involved "creatively," who wrote it does not matter any longer. The British critic says that literature "aims for anonymity." From essays in criticism, "Being anonymous" (translated by Takeshi Onodera).


"February 22  2019

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"