Arp on Arp: Poems, Essays, Memories (1972) by Jean Arp is a collection of poetic writings which span the decades from the youthful exuberance of 1920s Dada, through the more mature years of Surrealism, and finally to the innovative 1960s. This large hardback book features abstract drawings that enhance the esthetic appreciation for the art and poetry of Jean Arp in this edition edited by Marcel Jean. Published in the Documents of 20th Century Art series, edited by Robert Motherwell, and translated by Joachim Neugroschel, the poetic writings of Jean Arp impress the reader with the wit and sophisticated techniques of the art conscious Dadaist poet. We find that Jean Arp is one of the most intelligent poets of the 20th Century, writing with a conscious effort to preserve esthetic sincerity, while expressing a subtle Dadaist sense of humor. Arp on Arp: Poems, Essays, Memories is where the reader will find a life's work in one monumental volume, a masterwork of sublime Dadaist concrete poetics.
The Burial of the Count
of Orgaz and other poems
The poetic texts of Pablo Picasso have evolved from the early writings of Jean Arp, a trend which has inspired my own novel-in-progress entitled The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending, which has the esthetic look of concrete poetry, and with the visual design of a novel written in minimal squares of unpunctuated prose. The innovative novel has learned from the writings of the artists, who are aware of the esthetic theories which produce visual images that parallel the abstract writing of the contemporary avant garde novel.
From the Catalog Collection
of the Société Anonyme 1949
Arp on Arp: Poems, Essays, Memories by Jean Arp shows the development of one of the 20th Century's most artistic poets, whose avant garde writing has the sense of humor and innovative intelligence that make this monumental collection worthy of continued critical attention, and esthetic interpretation.
David Detrich lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where he has just completed The Convergence of Two Narrative Lines Ascending, an ultramodern Surrealist novel written in minimal squares. He is working on Dream the Presence of the Circular Breast Starfish Topography, a monumental Surrealist novel written with innovative typographical design. His first novel Big Sur Marvels & Wondrous Delights (2001) is available from Amazon. He is the editor of Innovative Fiction Magazine and Surrealist Star Clustered Illuminations.