what is the word

folly –
folly for to –
for to –
what is the word –
folly from this –
all this –
folly from all this –
given –
folly given all this —
seeing –
folly seeing all this –
this –
what is the word –
this this –
this this here –
all this this here –
folly given all this –
seeing –
folly seeing all this this here –
for to –
what is the word –
see –
glimpse –
seem to glimpse –
need to seem to glimpse –
folly for to need to seem to glimpse –
what –
what is the word –
and where –
folly for to need to seem to glimpse what where –
where –
what is the word –
there –
over there –
away over there –
afar –
afar away over there –
afaint –
afaint afar away over there what –
what –
what is the word –
seeing all this –
all this this –
all this this here –
folly for to see what –
glimpse –
seem to glimpse –
need to seem to glimpse –
afaint afar away over there what –
folly for to need to seem to glimpse afaint afar away away over there what –
what –
what is the word –

what is the word

— Beckett

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3 responses to “what is the word

  1. Beckett’s last published writing.

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    With its subtle allusion to the last line of the final work by his mentor James Joyce (‘afaint far away’), and its failure to find the word for what is ‘over there’, Beckett concluded his whole oeuvre in mid-sentence, as an unfinished work in progress. On the first page of the manuscript of what is the word, he added in the top margin ‘Keep! For end’, indicating that, no matter how much longer he might live and whatever he might still write, the final word had to be his acknowledgement that he could not find the word.

    — Dirk Van Hulle, Preface, Company, etc., Faber

  2. Beckett’s last published writing.

    ————————————————————————————–

    With its subtle allusion to the last line of the final work by his mentor James Joyce (‘afaint far away’), and its failure to find the word for what is ‘over there’, Beckett concluded his whole oeuvre in mid-sentence, as an unfinished work in progress. On the first page of the manuscript of what is the word, he added in the top margin ‘Keep! For end’, indicating that, no matter how much longer he might live and whatever he might still write, the final word had to be his acknowledgement that he could not find the word.

    — Dirk Van Hulle, Preface, Company, etc., Faber

  3. i love this

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