Pages of a rare graphic beauty like the 48 pages Michaux reproduced as facsimile in Miserable Miracle. Words burst, letters tangle and seem to fall into an abyss. The record of his visions on paper is made difficult especially due to the mad speed in which they appear, transform and disappear. Although the pencil used by the poet quickly runs on the paper, his hand can hardly follow the rhythm of his visions: therefore hardly readable, the poem becomes drawing, and, as Michaux says, "more palpable than legible", both sketched and written.
After Miserable Miracle, Michaux published other drug experience reports: L'Infini turbulent (1964), The Major Ordeals of the Mind (1966) and Light Through Darkness (1967).
References: Misérable miracle (1956), in Œuvres complètes, Pléiade, 2001, II, p. 617-784.
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