Francis Picabia I Am a Beautiful Monster: Poetry, Prose, and Provocation translated by Marc Lowenthal MIT Press, Francis Picabia’s raucous early poems. I am a beautiful monster;. I have the sins of virtue for support. My pollen stains the roses from New York to Paris. I am a beautiful monster whose face conceals. , English, Book, Illustrated edition: I am a beautiful monster: poetry, prose, and provocation / Francis Picabia ; translated by Marc Lowenthal. Picabia.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. I Am a Beautiful Monster: Poetry, Prose, and Provocation by Francis Picabia. Poet, painter, self-described funny guy, idiot, failure, pickpocket, and anti-artist par excellence, Francis Picabia was a defining figure in the Dada movement; indeed, Andre Breton called Picabia one of the only “true” Dadas.
Yet very little of Picabia’s poetry and prose has been translated into English, and his literary experiments have never been the subject of close cr Poet, painter, self-described funny guy, idiot, failure, pickpocket, and anti-artist par excellence, Francis Picabia was picabiia defining figure in frajcis Dada movement; indeed, Andre Breton called Picabia one of the only “true” Dadas.
Yet 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. Picabia’s poetry and prose is belligerent, abstract, polemical, radical, and sometimes simply baffling.
For too long, Picabia’s writings have been presented as raw events, rule-breaking manifestations of inspirational carpe diem. This book reveals them to be something entirely different: I Am a Beautiful Monster provides the texts of of Picabia’s significant publications, all presented complete, many of them accompanied by their original pjcabia.
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To ask other readers questions about I Am a Beautiful Monsterplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about I Am a Beautiful Monster. Lists with This Book. Jul 02, Eddie Watkins rated it it was amazing Shelves: Upon reading the introduction, and feeling linguistically lazy at the moment, I conclude that Picabia was an asshole.
But the poems I’ve read are fantastic. Note to would-be poets – don’t let being an asshole stop you. Feb 19, Walter rated it it was amazing.
Francis managed to stay insane for decades. Jan 16, Barry rated it it was amazing.
For my review, see http: View all 4 comments. Jun 24, Bryan rated it it was amazing Shelves: The only collection of his that I’m aware of, beautifully curated and containing almost nothing not valuable. My only goal is a silkier life and an end to my lying, to be the crowd that believes in its actions, that is to say, do evil, a genital emotion and catastrophe, philters and surgeries, odors and orthography, enthusiasms and caressing, to wear out furniture, contact with reality, real, great, and handsome profit, the word of the definition is absolute ALI BABA Feb 11, Lance Grabmiller rated it it was amazing Shelves: Completely flabbergasted, in ffrancis best possible way.
I have primarily viewed Dada as the connective tissue between Symbolism and Surrealism two of my beautifful interests but this to extend the impoverished metaphor adds much more meat to those bones. Dada is a difficult proposition and produced little in the way of literature.
The introduction and notes by Marc Lowenthal are a treasure if information and insight. I will be returning to this book often in my life.
Jan 19, Andrew Bourne rated it it was amazing Recommended to Andrew by: What a perfect object!
Meticulous and complete, forty-some years from pen tip to bespeckled elderly pen tip, all collated and riddled with nerds-only biographical notes and cheese aphorisms! Picabia is a coward, a fool, a th What a perfect object! Picabia is a coward, a fool, a thief, an idiot, and admits wholesale to all of these estimations and worse. How could we know? This shit just got printed in English for the first time two months ago.
Have I mentioned sex? From my gleanings in the biographical notes, it seems that Francis was boning around as much as I daydream about boning around. This is all evident in the writing—his longing, often bodily, almost mechanical. Nov 01, Jeff Buddle rated it really liked it.
Poems like nothing I’ve read before.
The word “provocation” in the title is probably the best summation, as crancis Picabia is daring you to call him on his con.
What makes a poem?
Heaps of broken images, unattributed Nietzsche quotations, jokes, gags, manifestos. If Dada sprung out WWI to mock the absurdity of human endeavor, Picabia seems to be the right man for the job. Picabia claimed not to be a reader and despite his obvious dedication to a certai Poems like nothing I’ve read before.
I Am a Beautiful Monster: Poetry, Prose, and Provocation
And if you’re not laughing with him, the joke is probably on you. Jan 07, Stop added it Shelves: Picabia, who flourished in the first three decades of the 20th century, seemed to demand from his contemporaries the respect of a 19th century bourgeois painter of the Ernest Messonier type with all the roast beef that impliesall the while presenting a public face more or less like Popeye.
That swollen head of his got him in trouble with his contemporaries every step of the way. Dec 29, Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore rated it it was amazing. These poems of Picabia’s are a real revelation, and long overdue in these incredible translations. He was a hidden genius there among the louder Surrealists. A kind of outsider’s outsider Great poems, and I say, “God bless ‘im”! May 06, Nish rated it did not like it Shelves: Indeed, Picabia was probably an asshole.
He plagiarizes much from Nietzsche, writes silly egotistical poems, and is ultimately a coward. A hack of the highest order. Feb 10, Andrew rated it it was amazing. Aug 31, Hamham added it. I wanna read this book, because so beautiful. Dec 11, Tim Minor rated it it was amazing. Did I say amazing? Marcus rated it liked it Apr 22, Shastin Grace rated it really liked it Mar 30, Osborn Meagher rated it it was amazing Sep 24, Fatih Yapar rated it it was amazing Jan 07, Jessica rated it it was amazing Nov 23, James Cook rated it it was amazing Jul 07, Tom Barrett rated it it was amazing Sep 21, Rose Linke rated it it was amazing Jul 28, Jay rated it it was ok Aug 10, Jan 17, Kreh rated it really liked it.
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