Remember Breton: A New Poem by Mary Jacob

Publication in Long Exposure, a new online journal that looks at poetry and image, and how they relate. It is a great magazine with an interesting focus, check it out.

This poem was written specifically for National Poetry Day, as the theme is looking back and especially remembering WWI. Andre Breton founded Surrealism as an outgrowth of his work in a psychiatric hospital for shellshocked WWI veterans. I used the Surrealist cut-up technique in the second section of the poem. Hope you enjoy it. Painting and speech can be found here


White paste, skewed lips, hospital green
you have been drained of blood
your heart clenched tight around your throat
your hair is an oil slick, a shield, a shadow
the line down the centre of your face
jags left and right, dodging bullets
your ear is a walking cane
your shoulders an encampment
asteroid your eyes

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