Surrealist Love Poems

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Love poetry includes, yes, descriptions of the beloved. And images of a fantastic idyll complete with falling stars, the sound of the sea, and beautiful countryside. In the hands of Surrealists, though, love poetry also includes gravediggers and murderers, dice and garbage, snakeskin purses and "the drunken kisses of cyclones." Surrealism, the movement founded in the 1920s on the ashes of Dada's nihilism, embraced absurdity, contradiction, and, to a supreme extent, passion and desire. From André Breton's battle ...

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Overview

Love poetry includes, yes, descriptions of the beloved. And images of a fantastic idyll complete with falling stars, the sound of the sea, and beautiful countryside. In the hands of Surrealists, though, love poetry also includes gravediggers and murderers, dice and garbage, snakeskin purses and "the drunken kisses of cyclones." Surrealism, the movement founded in the 1920s on the ashes of Dada's nihilism, embraced absurdity, contradiction, and, to a supreme extent, passion and desire. From André Breton's battle cry of "Mad Love" to the quiet lyricism of Robert Desnos, Surrealist writers and artists obsessively expressed the permutations of that fundamental human state, love, and they did so with the vocabulary of natural and unnatural worlds, the explicit language of sex, and a great deal of humor.

Surrealist Love Poems brings together sixty poems by Surrealists who charged their work with all forms of eroticism. Expertly and energetically edited by Mary Ann Caws, this collection seeks to demonstrate the truth of Breton's words, that "the embrace of poetry like that of bodies / As long as it lasts / Shuts out all the woes of the world."

"Erotic, impassioned and necrophilic, the sixty works gathered in Surrealist Love Poems celebrate the idea of obsessive and transformative love. 'I want to sleep with you side by side. . . . Stretched out on your shadow / Hammered by your tongue / To die in a rabbit's rotting teeth / Happy' writes Joyce Mansour. . . . Caws places poems by major surrealist writers like André Breton and Paul Eluard, along with the poetry of Picasso, Dalí, and Frida Kahlo, side by side with fourteen lushly printed and alluring black-and-white photos by the likes of Man Ray, Lee Miller, and Claude Cahun."—Publishers Weekly

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Erotic, impassioned and necrophilic, the 60 works gathered in Surrealist Love Poems celebrate the idea of obsessive and transformative love. "I want to sleep with you side by side.... Consumed by ecstatic mad inertia/ Stretched out on your shadow/ Hammered by your tongue/ To die in a rabbit's rotting teeth/ Happy," writes Joyce Mansour. City University of New York comparative literature professor Mary Ann Caws places poems by major surrealist writers like Andr Breton and Paul Eluard, along with the poetry of Picasso, Dal! and Frida Kahlo, side by side with 14 lushly printed and alluring b&w photos by the likes of Man Ray, Lee Miller and Claude Cahun. ( Feb. 14) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226098722
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 789,037
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature, English, and French at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Among her many books are The Surrealist Look: An Erotics of Encounter and Dora Maar—with and without Picasso: A Biography, and Picasso, a new volume in Reaktion Books's Critical Lives series.

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Table of Contents

Mary Ann Caws
The poetics of surrealist love

Louis Aragon
The approach of love and a kiss
Poem written in the toilets with a knife on the wall
André Breton
Free union
I dream I see your image
Always for the first time
They tell me that over there
As they move
In the lovely twilight
On the road to San Romano
Jacques-Bernard Brunius
I love
Aimé Césaire
The automatic crystal
René Char
Love
The climate of the hunt or how poetry is made
The nuptial countenance
Salvador Dalí
Binding cradled - cradle bound
Léon-Gontran Damas
Through the half-opened window
Robert Desnos
I have so often dreamed of you
No, love is not dead
If you knew
Sleep spaces
Oh pangs of love!
Never anyone but you
The voice of Robert Desnos
Obsession
Paul Eluard
Your mouth with golden lips
The shape of your eyes
I love you
The earth is blue like an orange
I've told you
As you rise
The lover
About one, two, everyone
Since it must be
Our life
Marcelle Ferry
You came down from the mountains
Frida Kahlo
Now he comes
Annie Le Brun
Twelfth ring (extract)
Gilbert Lély
Sulphur smile
Dora Maar
I rested in the arms of my arms
Joyce Mansour
Your breath in my mouth
You love to lie in our unmade bed
I want to show myself naked
Remember
The storm sketches a silver margin
I want to sleep with you
Maria
Even long after my death
Alice Paalen
Turtledove on the ground
A woman who was beautiful
Octavio Paz
Clear night (extract)
Valentine Penrose
Beloved to love you
Benjamin Péret
Wink
Hello
Do you know
Fountain
Pablo Picasso
Her great thighs
Philippe Soupault
Georgia
Song for ghosts and for those now gone
Remedios Varo
A recipe: how to produce erotic dreams

Biographies
Sources
List of illustrated works

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