he was an important founder of modernism, companion to
Picasso, Modigliani, Apollinaire, and the early Surrealists,
Max Jacob has remained a somewhat neglected and little-known
figure. Now this delightful and utterly original poet has
been given a detailed and careful presentation in English.
"These brilliant poems, these multifaceted diamonds,
reflect back upon us even now as valuable informants
on contemporary poetic style and as sheer, stand-alone
genius. Kulik's translations are top-notch and the selection
generously spans Jacob's whole life."
"In these poems we re-enter, as if we'd never left
it, the first world of modernism, in which the common
schizophrenia was at last acknowledged, so that ever
since we've been able to see and feel. Max Jacob was
truly an original and monumental madman. And these translations
by William Kulik are superb."