The Selected Poems of Max Jacob

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Errors of Mercy

I'll go to prison with him rather than see him get away. And it was done! We're in a massive tower. One night in my sleep I reached out to restrain him and touched nothing but a white foot on its way to the ceiling. Now I'm alone here by a window in the tower. From the top of their massive haywagons the peasants gaze at me with merciful eyes.

Le cornet à dés

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 7
  • Introduction 11
  • Foreword to the Dice Cup / Le Cornet à Dés 27
  • 1914 28
  • 1914 29
  • War 30
  • Memoirs of a Spy 31
  • Searching for the Traitor 32
  • The Key 33
  • 1889-1916 34
  • Capital. Place-Setting 35
  • The Feminist Question 36
  • La Rue Ravignan 37
  • Moon Poem 38
  • Frontispiece 39
  • Poem 40
  • In the Background 41
  • In Hill Country 42
  • The Noval 43
  • Literature and Poetry 44
  • Literary Standards 45
  • A Bit of Art Criticism 46
  • My Life 47
  • Biographical 48
  • Father Unknown 49
  • Life of the Party 50
  • The Concarneau Regatta 51
  • Let's Bring Back the Old Themes 52
  • Sir Elizabeth (pronounced Soeur) 53
  • Errors of Mercy 54
  • The Two Elite Audiences 55
  • Poem 56
  • From the Cock and the Pearl 57
  • Allusion to a Circus Act 61
  • Sad Last Appeal to the Phantoms Inspirations from the Past 62
  • The Tough Guy's Lament 63
  • Leon! Leon! 64
  • Poem 65
  • Absurd Metamorphosis 67
  • A View in Perspective 68
  • Playing the Horn 69
  • To Mr. Modigliani To Prove I'M a Poet 70
  • Watered Earth 72
  • Festival 73
  • Malachites 74
  • Other Characters at the Masked Ball 75
  • Other Characters at the Masked Ball 76
  • Menage of Godless Artists 77
  • Glass of Blood 78
  • Litanies for the Holy Virgin 80
  • Warning! 82
  • Demons as I Rise 83
  • Hell Has Gradations 84
  • Achilles' Wheel 85
  • First Symposium 86
  • Second Symposium 87
  • Third Symposium 88
  • On Death 89
  • Shore 90
  • Seascape at Roscoff 91
  • Jean Jacques 92
  • The Best Girl 93
  • Travels 94
  • Sunday in Marsellias: Prose Impressions 96
  • Ballad of the Night Visitor 98
  • The Balcony of Romeo and Juliet 100
  • Conservatories 101
  • Burial in Quimper 102
  • Our Earthly Virtues Are Castles in the Air 104
  • In Paradise 105
  • Christian Families 107
  • If Guillaume's Death Had Been Christian 108
  • Infernal Visions 110
  • The Pilgrims at Emmaeus 111
  • Write Your Memoirs 112
  • Novel 1943 113
  • Magic Confession 114
  • The Season 116
  • "Max is a Lunatic" (everyone) 118
  • Loving Thy Neighbor 121
  • The Yellow Star Again 122
  • Death 123
  • Ballad of the Perpetual Miracle 124
  • The Restless Soul Remakes Heaven 125
  • Prophetic Dreams 126
  • Artless Lines 127
  • Reconstruction 129
  • Acknowledgements 130
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