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Surrealist Love Poems Paperback – January 1, 2006
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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).Read more ›