"We might say that to speak the age, it would be enough for such a man to stammer-stutter; the age belongs to stammering, to stuttering. Or rather, stuttering is the only 'language' of the age."
– Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Poetry as Experience
After tragedy, being is caught in a shock wave, whose vibrations resonate through the literature, poetry, and testimony of the early twentieth century. The sayable is constituted and accompanied by the unsayble. Disrupted and fractured, left with gaps and aporias, language of trauma often is rendered in a poetic stammering and stuttering in the wake of disaster. And yet, Marguerite Duras insists that "As soon as one is lost with nothing left to write, to lose, one writes."