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This is true anti-poetry, in that the pieces all follow the structure, by-and-large, of lyric poetry but at every point that you might expect to find some transcendent metaphor, or elevating moral impulse, there is only base materialist wallowing in filth, sex and death. As I say, great stuff. Having read a bunch of his essays, fiction, and now this poetry, Bataille's vision is amazingly consistent throughout. That whole notion of a kind of anti-matter of meaning is put forward in this range of...more
Before reading this I already knew that I liked Bataille's poetry a lot. The fragments littered through the somme atheologique and the Orestia in The Impossible are some of my favorite encounters with Bataille's text, and really, as the introduction points out, it often is the closest that Bataille gets to his concept of the impossible via the text. As a "collected" edition, there's some work in here that's better than others, but it's nice to have these all accessible in a single place, as the...more
French essayist, philosophical theorist and novelist, often called the "metaphysician of evil." Bataille was interested in sex, death, degradation, and the power and potential of the obscene. He rejected traditional literature and considered that the ultimate aim of all intellectual, artistic, or religious activity should be the annihilation of the rational individual in a violent, transcendental...moreMore about Georges Bataille...