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Concrete Poetry






Surrealism, Dada, Oulipo, &c.
prose, poetry, visual art, nonsense, theory, games

See also the sections on Comix, Concrete & Visual Poetry, Calligrams and Literary Works for other literary examples, and the Artistic Works section for examples of artworks, printed books, and the like.

Please also consult Karen's essay on nonlinear Literature, and her discussion of Tricks & Games.


  • Blago bung, blago bung, bosso fataka! : first texts of German Dada, edited by Richard Huelsenbeck. London : Atlas Press, c1995.
  • Eckler, Ross. Making the alphabet dance : recreational word play. New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996.
  • Hubert, Renee Riese. Surrealism and the book. Berkeley ; Oxford : University of California Press, 1992, 1988. *
  • Matthews, J.H. An introduction to surrealism. University Park, PA : Pennsylvania State University Press, 1965.
  • Matthews, J.H. Surrealism and the novel. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 1966.
  • Nadeau, Maurice. The history of surrealism. New York : MacMillan, 1965, 1989.
    Translated by Richard Howard and with an introduction by Roger Shattuck.
    Includes "famous manifestos and documents" reprinted as an appendix to the text, "an unsystematic bibliography" of Surrealist works, and a list of Surrealist periodicals, manifestos, tracts, etc.
  • Oulipo : a primer of potential literature, edited by Warren F. Motte. Normal, IL : Dalkey Archive Press, 1998.
  • Oulipo compendium, edited by Harry Mathews and Alistair Brotchie. London : Atlas Press, 1998.
  • Oulipo laboratory : texts from the Bibliothèque oulipienne, edited by Raymond Queneau. [London] : @las, c1995.
    Translated by Harry Matthews and Iain White.
  • Perec, Georges. A void. London : Harvill Press, 1994, 1995.
    Translated by Gilbert Adair.
    A story of some 200 pages, told without the use of the letter "e." Originally published in French as La disparition (Paris : Denoël ; les Lettres nouvelle ; Gallimard, 1969, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998).
  • Queneau, Raymond. Cent mille milliards de poèmes. [Paris] : Gallimard ; Kickshaws, 1961, 1983, 1985, 1997.
  • Surrealism and women, edited by Mary Ann Caws, Rudolph E. Kuenzli, and Gwen Raaberg. Cambridge, MA ; London : The MIT Press, 1991, 1993.
  • Surrealist games, compiled by Alistair Brotchie and edited by Mel Gooding. New York : Random House, 1995.
    Includes a bibliography of "further reading in English."
  • Surrealist women : an international anthology, edited and with introductions by Penelope Rosemont. Austin : University of Texas Press, 1998.
  • Young, Alan. Dada and after : extremist modernism and English literature. Atlantic Highlands, NJ ; Manchester, England, UK : Humanities Press, Inc. ; Manchester University Press, 1981.


*  Asterisks mark items Emily-Jane considers to be especially interesting, useful, or well-written.

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