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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
Mar 19, 2010 Jamie Cooper rated it it was amazing
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 really liked it
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
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
Steven Logan
May 21, 2016 Steven Logan rated it really liked it
This confuses the hell out of me, and I'm thankful for that.
Jan 24, 2015 Milton rated it really liked it
Shelves: crazy-shit
Now this is some crazy shit
Hypocrite Lecteur
Sep 15, 2015 Hypocrite Lecteur rated it really liked it
"Et ce fut toujours vidange pour ange."
Mar 21, 2009 M. rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 27, 2016 Benjamin rated it really liked it
My advise is be in a good place mentally before reading this. Otherwise, intensely compelling.
Dec 30, 2009 kate rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
i liked some of it.

i read the french version of each poem wherever it was available because i liked it better.
Michelle Johnson
Nov 10, 2009 Michelle Johnson rated it liked it
Shelves: assigned
Assigned for Poetry for Majors, SP09, Johannes Goransson
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Antoine Marie Joseph Artaud, better known as Antonin Artaud, was a French playwright, poet, essayist, actor, and theatre director.

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 th
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“... not once more will/I be found with beings/who swallowed the rail of life//And one day I found myself with beings/who swallowed the nail of life/-as soon as I lost my matrix mamma,//and the being twisted under him,/and god poured me back to her/(the motherfucker)...” 14 likes
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