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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.

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"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 Andre Breton and Paul Eluard, along with the poetry of Picasso, Dali, 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 "If you just... said 'That's enough, I must buy this book and read it aloud to my beloved under the sheets, at whatever the price'... you'd be in good shape.... These poems, and Caws's condensed history of surrealism, provide a wonderful reminder of how powerful and necessary are the voices of the irrational.... These are exotic recipes for a strange feast." - Cary Tennis, Salon" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226098729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226098722
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,771,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I like writing about all sorts of things, art and artists, poetry and poets, literatures of various sorts, and also about travel and cooking. And I love living in New York and Provence. My daughter created a great website for me: maryanncaws.com.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Mary Ann Caws (ed.), Surrealist Love Poems (University of Chicago Press, 2002)

I'm not really sure how to approach a critique of this book. For being only a hundred twenty pages, with a number of those taken up with photographs, notes, bibliography, etc., there's a great deal to be said about it. Caws is a noted surrealist biographer/critic/sociologist, and so it's to be assumed that her opening essay is going to be knowledgeable, authoritative, etc. And it is, of course. It doesn't go into the detail of many of her other excellent works on the subject, but starts the book off nicely. The poems themselves are translated (with, if memory serves, a few exceptions) by Caws herself, and all are new translations, which invites the reader to go hunting for the Collected Poems of the various poets represented (and any other translations; especially helpful here will be Michael Benedikt's The Poetry of Surrealism, a must-have in any case) to compare translations. Reading three or four translations of a short poem side-by-side will give the reader a much deeper sense of the poem and the many inflections of meaning it can have, and so any new translation of foreign poetry is a welcome one, especially a new translation of surrealist work. The photographs are chosen with great care and set the poems off well (one of the book's few proofreading shortcomings is that the page numbers listed in the back often don't correspond with the actual pages on which the photographs fall; it's easy to figure out what's what, though).
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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Alan Crowell on April 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Did you say surreal? Actually I found it oleaginous without being too... huh... rococo. Yeah - that's it. Florid, though less... what's the word I'm looking for... unctuous. Yes - well, anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this.
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