- Renga by Octavio Paz, Jacques Roubaud, Edoardo Sanguineti and Charles Tomlinson
Penguin, 95 pp, £1.95, November 1979, ISBN 0 14 042268 4
- Kites in Spring by John Hewitt
Blackstaff, 63 pp, £2.95, February 1980, ISBN 0 85640 206 0
- The Island Normal by Brian Jones
Carcanet, 91 pp, £2.95, February 1980, ISBN 0 85635 340 X
- BuyNew Poetry 5 edited by Peter Redgrove and Jon Silkin
Hutchinson, 163 pp, £4.95, November 1979, ISBN 0 09 139570 4
The Parisian Surrealists appear to have taken their games-playing very seriously. Ritual imitations of the creative act – involving the practice of automatic writing, a deep faith in the value of mere accident, and the contrivance of jokey juxtapositions – formed a vital part of their programme. One favourite exercise was called le cadavre exquis. In reality, this was not much different from the ancient parlour-game of ‘consequences’, but in surreality it had a sacramental importance. A number of artists would contribute to the production of a single picture: the first might, for instance, draw the head of a figure, fold the paper and then pass it on to a colleague, who must add the torso, fold the paper – and so on. In the end, the page would be uncrumpled to reveal that most prized of Surrealistic fetishes, the collective work of art.
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