"This is a kind of "essence of Breton," variously translated by
some of our finest writers, each of whom highlights different
facets of Breton's complex work. Mark Polizzotti's useful
introduction provides context and a brief analysis of the artist
and his times."--Diane di Prima, author of "Recollections of My
Life as a Woman
"Mark Polizzotti, who is a poet, a translator, and the author of
the definitive biography of Andre Breton, has chosen stellar
translations of Breton's dazzling poetry and placed it in its
lively context. This shapely introduction to the life and work of
Andre Breton is smart, concise, and exciting. I cannot imagine a
better one."--Ron Padgett, poet and translator of "The Complete
Poems of Blaise Cendrars
"The Poets for the Millennium Series generally and Andre
Breton's "Selected Works specifically offers a workable image of an
author and the work and the conjuncture, all at once. What comes
across is a vivid presentation of Andre Breton not just as an art
czar, a manifesto merchant, but a serious, haunted, inventive and
strangely profound poet of the imagination, who invented or
archeologized new ways of dreaming, but insisted on bearing witness
with them in the actual world. Polizzotti does justice--as I think
no other writer has--to the double burden of Breton's
"A superbly chosen selection of Breton's poetry and prose,
translated in every case with an elegant intelligence, and preceded
by an unusually thorough introduction showing quite exactly how the
poet's life informed each epoch of his work. It proves again the
remarkable un-boringness of Breton, and how important he is now to
our own poetry and to us.--Mary Ann Caws, author of"The Surrealist
Look: An Erotics of Encounter and editor of "The Surrealist
Painters and Poets
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