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Watchfiends and Rack Screams: Works from the Final Period

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This is the first new English language anthology of Artaud's writing in nearly twenty years, and reflects an increased interest in his late work (a show of Artaud's visual art from this period was on view at MOMA throughout 19961). Clayton Eshleman's translations have won widespread acclaim, including a National Book Award. Now in its second printing.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Exact Change (first published 1995)
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Jamie Cooper
Who am I?
Where do I come from?
I am Antonin Artaud
and if I say it
as I know how to say it
you will see my present body
fly into pieces
and under ten thousand
notorious aspects
a new body
will be assembled
in which you will never again
be able
to forget me.
Aug 31, 2014 tout rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: poesy
From the thin line between genius and madness that Artaud had often walked enigmatically, he appears to have left the line completely during this period, in the process of becoming "suicided by society", meditating on alchemy, and myth, Nerval's hanging himself by street lamp being more than just a bit foretelling. He never ceases, though, in being both a genius and mad.

"There is no inside, no spirit, outside or consciousness, nothing but
the body as it may be seen, a body that does not cease b
Le mômo!

is a beautiful shrieking thing:

howling bowels and cursing all but bones &

reverent flatulence.

so, Pleeeeeeeease listen to the recording of "Pour finir avec le judgment de dieu"!!! you must you must you must.
The introduction and notes helped a lot when reading this. I always think when it comes to 'madman'/surrealist writing it's a lot like poking tea leaves to see what symbols mean anything to you. There were some passages that didn't make any sense to me, I saw nothing in them, etc, but sections like Alienation & Black, latter half of Here Lies and To Have Judgement With God, etc were particularly 'wow' provoking. The whole book is like poking through smoking entrails of some wild animal (to s ...more
Now this is some crazy shit
Artaud is incredible. There is no way about it. I love him. His work throughout his entire life is perfect. I love him. My only complaint is that a lot of the free-form/"poetry" stuff here is stuff I would be actually interested in looking at the original French of too, but it for some reason only 3 of the works in here are offered bi-lingual? I don't really understand why either. Either way, this is an excellent collection.
i liked some of it.

i read the french version of each poem wherever it was available because i liked it better.
Michelle Johnson
Assigned for Poetry for Majors, SP09, Johannes Goransson
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Considered among the most influential figures in the evolution of modern drama theory, Antonin Artaud associated himself with Surrealist writers, artists, and experimental theater groups in Paris during the 1920s. When political differences resulted in his break from the Surrealists, he founded the Theatre Alfred Jarry with Roger Vitrac and Robert Aron. Together they hoped to create a forum for wo ...more
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