Order The Collected Poems of Georges Bataille in softcover

Order the Collected Poetry by Georges Bataille in hardcover

The collected Poems of Georges Bataille

Translated with an Introduction by Mark Spitzer

"Bataille was one of the most important writers of our century."

- Michel Foucault

"Bataille's poetry oozes and spurts direct from his genitals. More than anyone except Rabelais and the bawdy folk imagination, he has set the genitals and its environs up on soapboxes to make speech. To catch this obscene though often elegant ejecta, Mark Spitzer has set to work a fine ear. . . .The brilliant cloaka shimmers in his [renderings]."

- Andrei Codrescu

"We have a courageous translator to thank for restaging these cryptic scenarios there's now a first-rate production of Bataille's poems in English."

- Robert Hurley

"Georges Bataille is known primarily for his novel The Story of the Eye and his historical/philosophical work. This is the first collected English translation of his poetry. It is the poetry of a philosopher, but it is also poetry with an obsessively erotic often scatological edge. As Bataille wrote in his Eroticism Death & Sensuality poetry "leads to the same place as all forms of eroticism -- to the blending and fusion of separate objects. It leads us to eternity, it leads us to death, and through death to continuity. Poetry is eternity; the sun matched with the sea."

 

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