Remember Breton: A New Poem by Mary Jacob

Breton

White paste, skewed lips, hospital green
you have been drained of blood
your heart clenched tight around your throat
your hair is an oil slick, a shield, a shadow
the line down the centre of your face
jags left and right, dodging bullets
your ear is a walking cane
your shoulders an encampment
asteroids your eyes

“Comrades:” you write,
“At the beginning
it is impossible
to perceive
analogous
fully to the causes of our
knew no bounds.
This disease is
creeping nearer and nearer to us.
A desire to deepen the foundations of the real.”

Part of Long Exposure’s ‘Looking Back’ project for National Poetry Day.

Bio: Mary Jacob is a poet and Surrealist practitioner whose work often spills across traditional boundaries – a poem may include song and movement when performed, a song may be wrapped up in a story, or an image may be created or found as an essential link to a piece of creative writing. She is currently holding a series of Surrealist Salons, evenings of participatory entertainment in which artists, musicians, poets, scientists and members of the general public play games and create collaborative art and non-art. She has been writing since the age of 13 and her poems have been published in magazines in the US and UK.

As context to this work, Mary tells us: ‘This poem is inspired by a speech by Breton in 1934, ‘What is Surrealism?’, and a portrait by Victor Brauner from the same year. Surrealism was originally developed as a response to his work with shell-shocked victims of World War I.’

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