|In Paris by Forain|
Hello once again, poets! Athur Rimbaud is our source for the List today, specifically his collection A Season In Hell. (I'm saving The Drunken Boat for a future list!)
|Dicaprio as Rimbaud in "Total Eclipse" 1995|
If we were to gather, we cultured and discerning sensitive poet types, in a genteel atmosphere replete with chamber orchestra and little tea cakes, if Arthur Rimbaud were to appear, he would likely show up drunk or high, dirty, crashing into the tables and loudly mocking both us and the musicians. He might cram cakes into his mouth like an ape, say a few words guaranteed to offend, and then leave. Well!
|I am an other.|
Rimbaud's poetry is shocking, intense, unapologetic, wildly gorgeous, profane, and ingenious. It's filled with bizarre and unsettling imagery and is clearly the work of a unique soul. One wonders how a flame so bright didn't just burn itself out, and indeed, all of Rimbaud's poetry was finished by the time he was 20 years old. He went on to travel widely, always expending himself and searching for something I doubt he ever found.
What we do here is to take at least 3 of the 20 words I have selected from A Season In Hell (as translated Louise Varese from the original French) and use them in a new original poem of our own. Then just link, visit others, and affect a marvelous faux Frenchiness for the rest of the day. And now, your List: