Horror Is Less Horrible than Life

Music: Ricercare a 6 from the Musical Offering.
By J.S. Bach. Sequencer Unknown.
Revised by David J. Grossman at Kunst der Fuge.

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Horror is less horrible than life.
At least for most of us, it's an escape.
Let the nightmares out! Let squealers quake!
Let them safely fear the fictive knife!
Open up the Hell of undreamt dreams!
Wake the monsters lurking in the heart!
Exercise our fantasies through art,
Else dormant in a world of in-betweens,
Not least in those whose longings haunt their means.




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