I Am a Beautiful Monster: Poetry, Prose, and Provocation
translated by Marc Lowenthal
MIT Press, 2007
Francis Picabia’s raucous early poems, which dare the
unprecedented and traffic in the sheer possibilities of abstract
shimmering gesture. His late aphorisms are startling bolts of
congealed thought. Marc Lowenthal has done the history of radical
modernist poetry a great service by bringing these works of exquisitely
offbeat taste and intoxicating élan into English. His
translations of the turbulent work of this “freeloading
angel” show uncanny skill and welcome verve.
the following excerpts, all but the first of Picabia's diagrammatic
visual poems, are used with the permission of MIT Press.