Welcome to my blog. Each week I will be featuring a poet or poetry collection that I love.
I love the French Surrealists and Robert Desnos is one of my favorites. And one of my favorite poems of his is “The Voice of Robert Desnos,” also the title of a collection translated by William Kulik.
Wild Surrealist verse abounds, such as:
I get drunken kisses from the cyclones
the tidal waves come to die at my feet
the earthquakes do no shake me but fade completely at my feet
Sadly, he died in 1945. A member of the French Resistance, he contracted at typhoid at Nazi concentration camp just following its liberation by the Allies.
Lots of collections of his are available. I happen to have The Voice of Robert Desnos, translated by William Kulk, Sheep Meadow Press, New York, 2004.