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From the Hidden Storehouse

Selected Poems

Luis Bunuel called Péret “the quintessential surrealist poet.” Benjamin Peret is a poet like no other. One of the original group of Surrealists, he seceded from Dada in 1924 and remained faithful to Surrealist principles until his death in 1959. His irreverence and incandescent imagination remain fresh and funny, and they are perfectly captured in this inspired, idomatic translation.

152 pages | 5 x 7 1/2


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Table of Contents

Introduction • from LE GRAN JEU (1928) (THE BIG GAME) • Tortured Girls • The Beauties of Heaven and Earth • Desperate Ardor • There Is Only One Wonder on Earth • Human Flesh • Toward the West • Jesus Was Talking to His Sister-in-Law • The Evolution of a Pretty Woman • I’ll Go How About You • 26 Points to Specify • Memoirs of Benjamin Péret • The Language of the Saints • The Last Don Juan of the Night • Spilled Blood • The Odors of Love • from DE DERRIERE LES FAGOTS (1934) (FROM THE HIDDEN STOREHOUSE) • Face to Be Smacked • In the White of Their Eyes • To Sleep Standing Up • A Thousand Times • At the Back of Beyond • Post No Bills • To Pass the Time • A Millimeter Apart • He Didn’t Know What to Do with Himself • Decent Folk • Left Without Giving a Forwarding Address • Half a Fig Half a Grape • New Wine • Stale Bread • A Bunch of Carrots • Till Tomorrow • Halfway • Lend Me Your Pen • To Wash Your Hands • Warped • Ruminant • A Trumped-up Quarrel • Sleepless Nights • One More One Less • Arm in Arm • Badly Shaven • To Wait on the Street Corner • from JE NE MANGE PAS DE CE PAIN-LA (I WON’T STOOP TO THAT) • The Death of Mother Cognacq • Little Song of the Maimed • The Law Paul Boncour • Louis XVI Goes to the Guillotine • Joan of Arc • Hymn of the Patriotic War Veterans • The Eucharistic Congress of Chicago • Nungesser Und Coli Sind Verreckt • The Tour de France Bicycle Racer • from JE SUBLIME (1936) (I SUBLIMATE) • Wandering Around Lost • The Square of the Hypotenuse • Wink • Source • Hello • I’m Not Asleep • Talk to Me • To Wait • Listen • When Will It Be • Nebulous • from UN POINT C’EST TOUT (1947) (THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO IT) • A Couple of Words • To Be Continued • I Don’t Want To • Right Now • Monday • Always • Somebody’s Ringing • Where Are You

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