Monday, 17 September 2007

Picabia - Poetry, Prose, and Provocation

Francis Picabia
I Am a Beautiful Monster. Poetry, Prose, and Provocation
Translated by Marc Lowenthal
The MIT Press : Cambridger MA, September 30, 2007
560 pp. ISBN-10: 0262162431 / ISBN-13: 978-0262162432

Very little of Picabia's poetry and prose has been translated into English, and his literary experiments have never been the subject of close critical study. I Am a Beautiful Monster is the first definitive edition in English of Picabia's writings, gathering a sizable array of Picabia's poetry and prose and, most importantly, providing a critical context for it with an extensive introduction and detailed notes by the translator.
I Am a Beautiful Monster provides the texts of all of Picabia's significant publications, his books Fifty-two Mirrors, Poems and Drawings of the Daughter Born without a Mother, Purring Poetry, Unique Eunuch, Yes No, Chi-lo-sa, Thoughts without Language, and others, all presented complete, many of them accompanied by their original illustrations.

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