The Collected Poems of Georges Bataille

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This is the first collected English translation of Bataille's poems. Bataille's poetry is definitely the poetry of a philosopher, but it is also a poetry with an obsessively erotic, often scatological edge, frequently pushing the boundary of what is or isn't obscene. Bataille believed that everything relates to the workings of desire and death in sexuality, but he also believed that poetry was the product of "hate" (and other extreme emotions), just as much as erotic pleasure accedes to self-annihilation. But ...
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Overview

This is the first collected English translation of Bataille's poems. Bataille's poetry is definitely the poetry of a philosopher, but it is also a poetry with an obsessively erotic, often scatological edge, frequently pushing the boundary of what is or isn't obscene. Bataille believed that everything relates to the workings of desire and death in sexuality, but he also believed that poetry was the product of "hate" (and other extreme emotions), just as much as erotic pleasure accedes to self-annihilation. But Bataille was interested in actual action, not just disengaged hypothesis concerning the sexual act. Dufour Editions is pleased to bring Bataille's poetry to print in English. "This is the audacious, frightful side of surrealism."-Library Journal "Bataille produced some of the most transcendent, pointedly filthy literature of the century, and these poems, together in English for the first time, are no exception."-Publishers Weekly
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Library Journal
Bataille 1897-1962, French avant-garde critic, editor, and novelist, is best known for provocative "erotic" novels and offbeat philosophical theories. His overlooked poetry, here translated into English for the first time, mingles religious and scatological imagery. Nonbelieving, anti-Puritan, aspiring to freedom of thought without "moral and social constraint," Bataille's world is one in which love and passion are obstacles to openness of mind. Using X-rated erotic motifs, Bataille turns visceral functions into a "headless bird with wings that beat the night"; idealism becomes the "funereal immodesty of dead bones," and stars "anguish beyond compare." Like the better-known Jean-Paul Sartre, Bataille fends off "self-annihilation" by envisioning a beleaguered and austere existence: "the immense universe is death/ I am the fever/ the desire." Confronting "the void," Bataille bravely concludes, "I was grimacing and laughing, lips wide apart, teeth naked." This is the audacious, frightful side of surrealism.--Frank Allen, Northampton Community Coll., Tannersville, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802313256
  • Publisher: Dufour Editions, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/21/1998
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgements
Grief 1
Mademoiselle My Heart 2
Pee 3
With Romaine 4
Laughing 5
I Place My Cock 6
Oh Cranium 7
Eleven Poems Taken from the Archangelical 8
Eliminated Poems 19
The Wolf Sighs 36
Erotic Poems 37
Coryphea 53
My Song 54
The Marseillaise of Love 56
The Brown Waltz 57
It's the Newest Dance 58
[The Sidewalk of Danaide] 59
The Archangelical: The Tomb 60
The Archangelical: The Dawn 72
The Archangelical: The Void 81
The Tomb of Louis XXX 83
The Oratorio 87
Oresteia 89
Myself 90
The Roof of the Temple 94
I Hurl Myself among the Dead 100
Gloria in Excelsis Mihi 104
God 106
From the Heights of Montserrat 109
Invocation to Chance 111
The Discord 114
Night is My Nudity 116
The Undifferentiated Being is Nothing 120
I Gave to Limbour a Rendez-vous 128
All the Way to the Boots in the Eyes 129
I was Dreaming of Touching the Sadness of the World 130
As I Die I Would Like to Hold 131
Dressed in My Bloody Sweat 132
The Deepness of a Night 133
Miscellaneous Notes on the Text 135
Sources 138
Translator Biography 140
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