These lines were written by Robert Desnos, a leading poet of the French surrealist movement. Surrealism was an artistic movement of 1924−1936 which valued the imagination, plumbing the wisdom of the unconscious, and a creativity unfettered by reason and convention. Desnos was known for his agile imagination and his experimental style. He was also a journalist, produced radio shows, and wrote advertising jingles.

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Jessica Senehi is assistant professor in the Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. Her research and practice focuses on the role of storytelling and other arts in social conflicts and their resolution. Professor Senehi is currently completing a book manuscript on the role of storytelling and community peace-building.


conflicts, humanities, imagination, Johan Galtung, narrative potency, narratives, peace and conflict studies, social conflicts, storytelling, surrealism

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