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Horses in Boiling Blood

By Guillaume Apollinaire

Translated by Barry MacSweeney

Equipage, 2005
Series 3 No. 3 - Metamorphoses

Review by Paul Batchelor

Morphic Cubism: The Strange Case of Gwillam Mad MacSweeney

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In a winning but eccentric overestimation, Tristan Tzara praised Apollinaire for his use of ‘the exact, real, totally unpromiscuous nudity of the word which is only itself, intended in its round force, with no background of allusions, or, rather, with none of the seductions of sub...

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By Byron Leodaris

Translated by Thom Nairn & D. Zervanou

Dionysia Press, 2009, £9.50, 978-1-903171-33-2

Twenty untitled poems divided between "Outside", a group of twelve and "Beyond", the remaining eight. Leodaris's narrator, "an old poet persecuted for his verses", who perceives himself as "branded", undertakes a relentlessly anguished, self-lacerating examination of the roots of his alienation, his sense of the futility of life and of the world. Unsurprisingly, given his view that "poems happen" and that "the words I utter cut my tongue", he desires "to be done with the trickery of writing and reading". "If only", he exclaims at one point, "I could confront my extreme limits / and be totally crushed here". Quite.

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