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Kay Sage alive in the world
in Surrealist women’s writing
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This chapter investigates the hitherto largely unknown and critically neglected poetry of Kay Sage. Focusing on poems that feature animals (most importantly birds, which stand in for Sage herself), the chapter reveals a new and perhaps surprising thematic aspect of Sage’s oeuvre – a concern with connections with other beings, which stands in contrast to the solitary landscapes depicted in her paintings. Through perceptive close readings of these animal poems, the chapter shows how Sage’s crafty French–English wordplay engenders a multiplicity of meanings and instances of double entendre. While on the surface appearing simple, these poems are in fact multifaceted reflections on human life and experience.

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Surrealist women’s writing

A critical exploration



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