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The Voice of Robert Desnos: Selected Poems

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In the 60 years since his death, the great French surrealist poet Robert Desnos has become one of the most accomplished lyricists of the 20th century. His name has become synonymous with artistic, personal, and political freedom. He was the last of the Romantics, and the most passionate.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 13th 2005 by Sheep Meadow Press (first published December 1st 1972)
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Branden William
Dec 15, 2012 Branden William rated it it was amazing
Unknown to most, Robert Desnos was the foremost practitioner of the art of automatic writing as a member of the Surrealists in the 20s. André Breton praised him for being a "prophet" of the Surrealist movement, and called him the leader in Surrealist experimentation: developing a special talent in "automatic writing"--a technique in which the author writes while in a deep-seated ritual trance (some of which included an experimentation with various substances such as hashish and opium). He was ba ...more
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Jul 30, 2007 Mitch rated it really liked it
I have the Mushinsha edition of these poems, and they are really good. I've heard better translations, though, particularly by Bill Zavatsky.
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“J'ai tant rêvé de toi que tu perds ta réalité.
Est-il encore temps d'atteindre ce corps vivant et de baiser sur cette bouche la naissance de la voix qui
m'est chère?
J'ai tant rêvé de toi que mes bras habitués en étreignant ton ombre à se croiser sur ma poitrine ne se
plieraient pas au contour de ton corps, peut-être.
Et que, devant l'apparence réelle de ce qui me hante et me gouverne depuis des jours et des années, je
deviendrais une ombre sans doute. O balances sentimentales.”
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