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Body Sweats: The Uncensored Writings of Elsa Von Freytag-Loringhoven

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The first major collection of poetry written in English by the flabbergasting and flamboyant Baroness Elsa, "the first American Dada."

As a neurasthenic, kleptomaniac, man-chasing proto-punk poet and artist, the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven left in her wake a ripple that is becoming a rip--one hundred years after she exploded onto the New York art scene. As an
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Hardcover, 418 pages
Published October 28th 2011 by MIT Press (first published October 7th 2011)
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Rebecca DeLucia
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sex
"IRRESPONSIBLE — RESPONSIVE
PRESSURE
OF NO
MEANING."

EvFL brings the gladdening commotion of german word compoundability to dadaist heights auf englisch + beyond.
Elisabeth
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First, booty from introduction by Gammel and Zelazo:

“The Baronness is the first American Dada.”—Jane Heap, 1920

“Delirious in its ragged edges and atonal rhythms, the poetry echoes the noise of the metropolis itself. Profanity sounds loudly throughout her poems…

“Our consciousness is captured not only by the baffling simultaneity of heterogeneous materials but by the ongoing transformation of the self. […] Fusing, braiding, mixing, and crossing are at the heart of the Baroness’s poetry […]surreal
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Lance Grabmiller
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1900-1950, poetry
As with much Dada poetry, something feels lost in the reading. Something more performative is needed. Very happy the visual poems are reproduced in color as Elsa wrote/illustrated them. They retain their power this way. After living the last 20 years (mostly) without poetry, this and the Picabia book make for quite a difficult entry, but that's Dada for you. One hundred years of the anti-tradition. This makes a great companion to Irene Gammel's (excellent) "Baroness Elsa: Gender, Dada, and ...more
Nadia
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Best book of poetry I have ever read. Dada artist Baroness Elsa the original Lady Gaga from 100 years ago. And should be more famous than Marcel Duchamp: http://www.scottishreviewofbooks.org/...
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831.912 F895 2011
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Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (sometimes also called Else von Freytag-von Loringhoven) was a German-born DADA artist and poet who worked for several years in Greenwich Village, New York City, United States.