I Am a Beautiful Monster: Poetry, Prose, and Provocation

I Am a Beautiful Monster: Poetry, Prose, and Provocation

Francis Picabia / Nov 16, 2019

I Am a Beautiful Monster Poetry Prose and Provocation 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

  • Title: I Am a Beautiful Monster: Poetry, Prose, and Provocation
  • Author: Francis Picabia
  • ISBN: 9780262162432
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 crPoet, 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 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 maddening in their resistance to meaning, full of outrageous posturing, and hiding a frail, confused, and fitful personality behind egoistic bravura I Am a Beautiful Monster provides the texts of of Picabia s significant publications, all presented complete, many of them accompanied by their original illustrations.

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      • Francis Picabia

        Francis Picabia born Fran ois Marie Mart nez Picabia was a French painter and poet.


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    1. 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.


    2. Francis managed to stay insane for decades. That takes skill.And: “Life doesn’t like magnifying glasses—that’s why it holds up its hand to me”That toss away line from a catalogue included in this wonderful book of prose, poetry and drama, sums up Picabia’s focus, and distance from, art, poetry, and life itself, and in that contradiction is the man that you can almost find in this book.



    3. Francis Picabia = painter, poet, collagist, singer, accuser, "funny guy, idiot, failure, pickpocket," intellectual revolutionary, actual genius; someone I adore and truly admire. The only collection of his that I'm aware of, beautifully curated and containing almost nothing not valuable. Worth owning."Singing, sculpting, writing, painting, no! 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 catast [...]


    4. Completely flabbergasted, in the best possible way.I have primarily viewed Dada as the connective tissue between Symbolism and Surrealism (two of my main 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. What literature it did produce seemed to be either formalist exercises and/or provocation (and much of it was meant to be nothing more) but this adds an entirely new dimensio [...]


    5. 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! The cover doesn’t necessarily jazz me, but the layout inside is positively buttery; the extra-condensed, tall, stately letterforms, coupon-cut-out dashes, and considerate margins take you back to the nineteen-teens and twenties, sitting you squarely in Duchamp’s living room. Picabia is a coward, a fool, [...]


    6. Poems like nothing I've read before. The word "provocation" in the title is probably the best summation, as if Picabia is daring you to call him on his con. These aren't poems! Or, are they? What makes a poem? Shut up, you! 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 [...]


    7. Read the STOP SMILING review of I Am A Beautiful Monster (along with Vladimir Mayakovsky's Night Wraps the Sky).Another of modernism’s great egoists made a comeback late last year in an exhaustive edition, handsomely designed. Francis Picabia was the self proclaimed “genius, idiot, funny guy” — add to that autodidact, reactionary, nihilist — of French Dadaism. As a painter, he considered himself a rival to Picasso, and when he couldn’t paint, he wrote poems, aphorisms, manifestos and [...]


    8. 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 but prolific and creatively searching and active it seems all his life Great poems, and I say, "God bless 'im"! Whynot! (my new catchphrase, sorry)


    9. 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.







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