||vijf manifesten over taal – en een gedicht = fünf manifeste über sprache – und ein gedicht = five language manifests – and a poem
verlag artists press : bern 1975
30 p. (29,7 × 21 cm)
edition 185, numbered + special edition, numbered I-XV.
[les livres et les publications 29a and 29b ]
five language manifests - and a poem, appears to take on a sequence in the same genre [as on language (1972)] - CS], short texts on language in chronological order, followed by two blank pages. but this time the dried grass is taped to the last page. in truth, it is more of a supplementary page since it is in no way presented in the summary. it is the title of the book that identifies it and presents it as an addition: "- and a poem". what does this mean? a manifest reappears in this collection, first published in 1973, entitled my poetry is the world. it is the artist's most important manifest, contemplated since 1971. it is his definitive manifest, recapitulative, the one that henceforth would inspire his future work and be taken up in different ways. it says that it is not the poet who writes poetry but the world; that the poet is a poet not because he writes in a specific way, but because he is part of the world; that such poetry is therefore not limited to writing, that it is seen, read, eaten and even slept, "every day"; in short, that poetry is life itself. consequently, an element taken from nature, such as the grass in this collection, is an extract of the poetic work of the world, and hence a natural "poem" , a living poem. in the postscript we read: "'poem' is only a word, but the grass is, as all from which it is part of" [source Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, 'beyond language', in herman de vries. les livres & les publications : catalogue raisonné (centre des livres d'artistes/pays-paysage : saint-yrieix-la-perche 2005) 36].