"We only move into the 21st century on the foundation of things that have been established long, long ago."
"Celan’s poetry is essential. He taught me what it meant to be an orphan, what it meant to be a poet in times such as his, in a labor camp, so that no matter what was done to him, still he was able to write poetry. He gave me the dimensions of the human soul, and that’s what I needed to know. That’s the way I want to see human beings. He taught me that life does not have only one side; it has many aspects. And, if you really look carefully, the opposite experience is embedded in what you see on the surface."