Benjamin Péret/ Le Grand Jeu

Benjamin Péret/ Le Grand Jeu
Une femme fatale
Sur la Normandie qui pleure des larmes de cire

une feuille de thuya s’est posée

qui tremble à tous les vents des ports déserts

Elle est pauvre

elle est jaune

elle la sœur d’une dame aux yeux de sapinière

qui se tient à droite des pendus

la main sur le cœur

Une sourire large comme une goutte d’eau

flotte devant elle

et se perd dans la nuit
(Gallimard, 1928, 1969)
Benjamin Péret was one of the key figures in French Surrealist poetry, in the first half of the 20th century. In the early days of his writing career he leaned towards Dadaism but in the early part of the twenties he gradually switched to Breton’s emerging Surrealist movement, which culminated into important works like “Le Grand Jeu” and several other impressive collections.
I bought this little book back in 1969, when I was a language student at the University of Leuven, Belgium. On various occasions, wandering through the lovely bookshop, browsing a book here and there, not thinking out loud, quicly rejoining the street hassle down there, I suddenly realised, I forgot to pay. 😃☺️😪😔😊🤑