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Surrealist Women : An International Anthology (The Surrealist Revolution Series) Paperback – 1998
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The new dimensions that surrealism brings to the plastic arts it also brings to the literary arts, to the written word. The poetry of the surrealists is collages created from words, works of poetry art. Poetry takes on a new depth, breaking free from constraints of structure, it also breaks into new presentations of language formation, presenting Zen like non-logical word images that touch the soul with deep meaning, "perfume similar to the sound of a violin dipped in holy oil." Created from the depth of the subconscious (or is it superconscious?) mind, this is poetry that transcends gravity, time and space limitations, giving us prophetic poetry. Poetry revealing not only what will be, but what was, is and could have been.
It's hard to have favorites in this compilation, and I know that the ones that stand out for me today could change tomorrow. I found Nancy Cunard's essays on racism remarkable, especially considering the time (the 1930's) and the person (a white woman from a privileged background). Suzanne Césaire's work on Breton as poet is itself a marvel and her following piece on the collective mistake of the Martiniquan deserves special mention.Read more ›