By Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, Irene Gammel, Suzanne Zelazo
As a neurasthenic, kleptomaniac, man-chasing proto-punk poet and artist, the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven left in her wake a ripple that's changing into a rip--one hundred years after she exploded onto the hot York paintings scene. As an agent provocateur inside of New York's modernist revolution, "the first American Dada" not just dressed and behaved with practical outrageousness, yet she set an instance that went well past the eccentric divas of the twenty-first century, together with her conceptual descendant, girl Gaga. Her delirious verse flabbergasted New Yorkers up to her flamboyant personality.
As a poet, she was once profane and playfully obscene, imagining a farting God, and remodeling her modern Marcel Duchamp into M'ars (my arse). With its ragged edges and atonal rhythms, her poetry echoes the noise of the city itself. Her love poetry muses graphically on ejaculation, orgasm, and oral intercourse. while she uninterested in latest phrases, she created new ones: "phalluspistol," "spinsterlollipop," "kissambushed." The Baroness's rebellious, hugely sexed howls prefigured the Beats; her depth and mental complexity anticipates the poetic utterances of Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath.
Published greater than a century after her arrival in big apple, Body Sweats is the 1st significant choice of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven's poems in English. The Baroness's biographer Irene Gammel and coeditor Suzanne Zelazo have assembled a hundred and fifty poems, so much of them by no means prior to released. a few of the poems are themselves artwork items, adorned in crimson and eco-friendly ink, embellished with sketches and diagrams, offered with a similar visceral immediacy they'd once they have been composed.
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As a neurasthenic, kleptomaniac, man-chasing proto-punk poet and artist, the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven left in her wake a ripple that's changing into a rip--one hundred years after she exploded onto the hot York paintings scene. As an agent provocateur inside New York's modernist revolution, "the first American Dada" not just dressed and behaved with useful outrageousness, yet she set an instance that went well past the eccentric divas of the twenty-first century, together with her conceptual descendant, woman Gaga.
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Ca. ” ca. 1918–1924. Black ink on paper. Recto and verso. Previously unpublished. Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven Papers, University of Maryland Library. 2) i Coitus Is Paramount Thine Loins Between World Whirls Populated Sunstar Lone! One Limpid Drop Crystal Potency — All: Father Mother Sister Brother Mate Beginning End— Was Never Will Be Is: Omnipotency Vast Immeasurable! 2 Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, “Desire,” ca. 1922. Black ink on paper. Previously unpublished. Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven Papers, University of Maryland Library.
In a war-ravaged world, the trauma caused by the war’s destruction could be met only with counteraggression, raising questions about the limits of Dada itself. Ironically, it was in Berlin that the Baroness, supported by several American women including Djuna Barnes, Berenice Abbott, Sarah Freedman, and Peggy Guggenheim, embraced her “American” identity, reading American classics, composing poetry in, as well as translating German poetry into, American English. “I do not any more ‘hate’ America!
Djuna Barnes Papers, University of Maryland Library. 7 1923 and 1925 yields important insight into her method, as she 30 Is a thing of long ago I freshened up—it became surprisingly fine—that’s all I do now—any way—by memory! Or translate my own things—from German into English—and the other way. Send all these things to “The Little Review” maybe they’ll buy them—for pity’s sake what? This “freshening” technique is central to a number of poems, as she was pulling together her life’s work, collecting poetry she had first written in Wyk auf Föhr, Palermo, and New York, and updating earlier poetry for publication.