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Seditious Mandibles by Robert Green
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I'm happy when movements aren't just killed off by convenient historian encapsulation. Therefore, I'm happy, eg, that Jan Svankmayer is a surrealist filmmaker even though he was born too late to be part of the 'old school' surrealism. & I'm happy that this Chicago-based publisher, Black Swan, published things like "Arsenal - Surrealist Subversion - the English-Language Journal of the International Surrealist Movement" even though they, too, are neither 'old school' or European (as most people associated w/ surrealism are). I like seeing more recent takes on surrealism.

I don't think I'm familiar w/ Robert Green outside of this bk. The bk is "Dedicated to Mass Uprising" & has a quote from Thomas DeQuincy: "The machinery for dreaming in the human brain was not planted for nothing." I reckon that's as good a framing for the author/artist's worldview as any. The drawings are sortof like exquisite corpses done by one person - ie: there're usually biomorphic forms that seem to flow from one type of creature to another or pointed displacements such as a upside-down pope or bishop being used as a pivot for a board that a mule (or donkey or horse) is attached to one end of - apparently walking round & round the pope causing the pope to spin w/ the donkey's motion. The poem associated w/ the latterly described drawing:

"Late Date of the Late Pope

The pearly columns of smoke
rivals the clouds above your pointless
eyes
The rains sage the sails
kiting a barge across your gusty liver
The stairway to your kidneys
leads a rusty sword
to open the stable of badges
locked in your punky spleen
The purr of the vacuum in your veins
causes a grand stampede
but your last act deserves
the most applause:
Doing what popes do best"
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April 25, 2008 – Shelved
April 25, 2008 – Shelved as: art
April 25, 2008 – Shelved as: poetry
April 25, 2008 – Shelved as: surrealism

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