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Selected Poems by Pierre Reverdy
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Jun 02, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: poetry

I actually have an old New Directions bilingual edition translated by Kenneth Rexroth. French surrealist poets were one of my first literary loves, but Reverdy's "cubist poems" are the ones I still return to. He was a big influence back when I wrote poetry and no matter how many times I reread these selected poems I become lost in the surface simplicity that quickly becomes overwhelmingly complex:

The color which night decomposes/The table where they sit/In it's glass chimney/The lamp is a heart emptying itself...

A little light/Look a little light descends on your belly and lights you up/--A woman stretches herself like a rocket--/Over there in the corner a shadow reads/Her bare feet are too pretty...

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