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NYRB Poets


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Title: Shapeshifter
Author: Rahon, Alice Paalen
ISBN: 9781681375007
Publisher: NYRB Poets
Published: 2021
Binding: Quality
Language: English
Condition: New

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Publisher Description:
Poetry by one of the most powerful female figures in twentieth-century surrealism, now collected in English for the very first time.

Alice Paalen Rahon was a shapeshifter, a surrealist poet turned painter who was born French and died a naturalized citizen of Mexico. Along with her first husband, the artist Wolfgang Paalen, her circle included Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Joan Miró, Paul Éluard, Man Ray, and Anaïs Nin. Bicultural, bisexual, and fiercely independent, her romantic life included affairs with Pablo Picasso and the poet Valentine Penrose. This new collection of Rahon's poems, included both in the original French and in translation by Mary Ann Caws, celebrates the visionary work of a woman who defied easy definition. Her spellbinding poems, inspired by prehistoric art, lost love, and her travels around the globe, weave together dream, fantasy, and madness. Gathered together in one volume for the first time in any language, this book contains all of the poetry Rahon published in her lifetime as well as unpublished work from her archives.