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Surrealist Love Poems by Mary Ann Caws

Surrealist Love Poems

by Mary Ann Caws (Editor)

Other authors: Louis Aragon (Contributor), Andre Breton (Contributor), Jacques-Bernard Brunius (Contributor), Aimé Césaire (Contributor), René Char (Contributor)18 more, Salvador Dalí (Contributor), Léon-Gontran Damas (Contributor), Robert Desnos (Contributor), Paul Eluard (Contributor), Marcelle Ferry (Contributor), Frida Kahlo (Contributor), Gilbert Lély (Contributor), Annie Le Brun (Contributor), Dora Maar (Contributor), Joyce Mansour (Contributor), Alice Paalen (Contributor), Octavio Paz (Contributor), Valentine Penrose (Contributor), Benjamin Peret (Contributor), Pablo Picasso (Contributor), Man Ray (Cover Artist & Photographer), Philippe Soupalt (Contributor), Remedios Varo (Contributor)

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this is a wonderful collection of the majors and the minors of the surrealists age(s?) but even more than the pleasure of finding desnos, Eluard and the whatnot, there are a few wonderful nuggets from such apinter/writers as Dali, Picasso, and Frida Kahlo! these small peeks into each of their eyes-minds are worth seeking out, one can almost taste their artistry unfolding on to the page as they wrote. enjoy. ( )
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Caws, Mary AnnEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aragon, LouisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Breton, AndreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brunius, Jacques-BernardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Césaire, AiméContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Char, RenéContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dalí, SalvadorContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Damas, Léon-GontranContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Desnos, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eluard, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ferry, MarcelleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kahlo, FridaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lély, GilbertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Le Brun, AnnieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maar, DoraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mansour, JoyceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Paalen, AliceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Paz, OctavioContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Penrose, ValentineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Peret, BenjaminContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Picasso, PabloContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ray, ManCover Artist & Photographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Soupalt, PhilippeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Varo, RemediosContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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 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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