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This is the simposio text related to By-Productions. For more information about the exhibition, see here.

"The production of something, where nothing was before, is an act of greater energy than the expansion or decoration of the thing produced. Set down diligently your thoughts as they rise in the first words that occur; and, when you have matter, you will easily give it form: nor, perhaps, will this method always be necessary; for by habit your thoughts and diction will flow together."

From Wit and Wisdom of Samuel Johnson, ed. George Birkbeck Norman Hill, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1888. The full volume is available as a public domain document in the Internet Archive.

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This is the simposio text related to Marginal Portraits, or Insides.
For more information about the exhibition, see here.

"Romanesque Arches"

by Tomas Tranströmer

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Tourists have crowded into the half-dark of the enormous Romanesque church.
Vault opening behind vault and no perspective.
A few candle flames flickered.
An angel whose face I couldn't see embraced me
and his whisper went all through my body:
"Don't be ashamed to be a human being—be proud!
Inside you one vault after another opens endlessly.
You'll never be complete, and that's as it should be."
Tears blinded me
as we were herded out into the fiercely sunlit piazza,
together with Mr and Mrs Jones, Herr Tanaka and Signora Sabatini;
within each of them vault after vault opened endlessly.

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Translated from the Swedish by Robert Bly

Here is a recording of Transtömer reading "Romanesque Arches" in its original version, "Romanska bågar."

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