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From the Hidden Storehouse
Selected Poems
Benjamin Péret; Keith Hollaman, trans.



FIELD Translation Series

Oberlin College Press
1981 • 152 pp. 5 x 7 1/2"
Poetry - European

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-932440-11-2


Trans. from the French

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.

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From the Book:

The Language of the Saints

He came
he pissed
How alone he was
he left
but he will return
with his eye in his hand
with his eye in his belly
and he’ll smell
of garlic garlics
Always alone
he will eat the blue asparagus of the official ceremonies



BENJAMINE PERET is a poet like no other. One of the original group of Surrealists, he seceded from Dada in 1924 (with his friends Breton, Aragon, and Soupault), 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, idiomatic translation. From the Hidden Storehouse represents the enormous range of Peret’s career in generous selections from his five best books, published between 1928 and 1947. This first book-length American translation of Peret includes an introduction by the distinguished poet and translator Charles Simic

KEITH HOLLAMAN tends an editorial garden at Newmarket Press in the Big Apple and enjoys the seasonal changes from his bungalow in Rye, New York, with his wife Machiko.






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