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My heart through which her heart has passed: Poems of love and desperation, 1926-1931 Paperback – 1998

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
wonderful introduction 25 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This beautifully produced book is certain to become a collectors item and represents a good investment not only for book collectors but for anyone who really cares about literature.This represents Breton at his most accessible and personal and is a delight from start to finish. it is published in paris by the only independent literary publisher following in the tradition of the lost generation; another reason to support this book. Only a handful of copies made it for sale in the USA and Breton has no better interpreter than Polizzotti.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"I do not know but I KNOW" 9 Aug. 2011
By William Timothy Lukeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Even those with more than a passing knowledge of Surrealism aren't always as familiar with Andre Breton as they should be, given his central place as the "Pope of Surrealism" -- and that's a shame, because his writing is illuminated & spellbinding. This slim, lovely, limited volume of poetry serves as a fine introduction to his remarkable body of work. For example:

The stars revolve around Lise's head
Slowly like the panthers she loves
And who love her and make the gown of the sky so beautiful
How oh how can we believe in the return of dawn's early glow
That marks the fifth season
The one that arrives every hundred years
Golden apples gleam on black trees
In the garden but she pretends not to see them
To keep people from begging pardon for her sadness
Which is an invisible or at least madly transparent fan
Lise the snow is falling on your mirror
Lise dressed in snow crystals
Snow like your name covering stamens of blood

As you can see, these aren't emotionally detached poems of intellectual or philosophical dogma, nor measured declarations of an artistic credo -- they're passionate, desperate, intense, love-maddened poems of longing & desire & anguish, torn dripping from the heart & soul by a delicate white hand of surpassing beauty. For those who have experienced such moments, these poems will be as familiar as your own face in the mirror, and yet as startling as the face of a dazzling stranger. Highly recommended!
Good rare collection of Breton poems 14 Jun. 2012
By siva - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book to research into Breton's relationship with Suzanne Muzard. It contains a nice contextual preface by the author & a few interesting notes on translations in the back. Great resource to see the differences in Breton's relationships with Lisa Deharme & Muzard as expressed through his poetry. I give four stars only because I would have enjoyed footnotes or references for some of the facts presented in the preface - if I were ordering for non-scholarly purposes, I would have given 5 stars. Be advised, the publication is small and contains a handful of poems (design and content are great, just don't expect an anthology of his poetry.)
Breton is love through words 6 May 2014
By Mr. J. Lloyd-west - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A rare thing, a poet who was also an intellectual and a leader who inspired and still does even today.
1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
hopeless romanticism 10 Aug. 2005
By A. Pereira - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A great collection of work. How could you go wrong with a title like this.
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