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Arguably Gascoyne's translations of the French Surrealists represent his best work; however, none of these are included in the Collected Poems. His own early Surrealist poems have their moments, but I prefer the poems that came later, especially those in the second section of this collection. Here Gascoyne is still capable of visionary flights, yet the poems are often at the same time grounded in recognisable times and places. His work continued to be informed by Surrealism, but Christian ...more