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By Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe

Lacoue-Labarthe's Poetry as Experience addresses the query of a lyric language that might no longer be the expression of subjectivity. In his research of the ancient place of Paul Celan's poetry, Lacoue-Labarthe defines the topic because the precept that founds, organizes, and secures either cognition and action—a precept that became, so much violently in the course of the 20th century, right into a determine not just of domination yet of the extermination of every thing except itself. This completely common, summary, and at last suicidal topic eradicates all event, shop the singularity of this event of voiding. yet what's left, as Paul Celan insisted, is a the rest to the lyric voice on my own: Singbarer Rest.

Lacoue-Labarthe's certain analyses of 2 decisive poems by way of Celan, "Tübingen, Jänner" and "Todtnauberg"—the one a reaction to Hölderlin, the opposite to Heidegger—and his sustained studying of "The Meridian" current Celan's verse of singularity because the stream at and past the border of generalizable event, i.e., as an experience, a traversing of a deadly box, within which language now not dominates whatever, yet particularly commemorates the voiding of innovations and the cave in of the constitutive powers of the topic. For Lacoue-Labarthe, poetry after the Shoah, the poetry of bared singularity, isn't any longer a poetry that will correspond to the concept of the subject—or, for that topic, to the concept that of poetry—but is very the language of the decept. in basic terms by way of being disappointed of the heroic language of idealistic poetry, and of the mytho-ontological traits of philosophy, can Celan's poetry maintain open the potential of one other historical past, one other future.

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