Pearls: Arthur Rimbaud

From your black Poems, – Juggler!
White, green and red dioptrics,
Let strange flowers burst forth
And electric butterflies!



  1. “And I’ll stay away from Verlaine too; he was always chasing Rimbauds.” So saith Dorothy Parker!

  2. Voyelles

    A noir, E blanc, I rouge, U vert, O bleu: voyelles,
    Je dirai quelque jour vos naissances latentes:
    A, noir corset velu des mouches éclatantes
    Qui bombinent autour des puanteurs cruelles,

    Golfes d’ombre; E, candeurs des vapeurs et des tentes,
    Lances des glaciers fiers, rois blancs, frissons d’ombelles;
    I, pourpres, sang craché, rire des lèvres belles
    Dans la colère ou les ivresses pénitentes;

    U, cycles, vibrements divins des mers virides,
    Paix des pâtis semés d’animaux, paix des rides
    Que l’alchimie imprime aux grands fronts studieux;

    O, suprême Clairon plein des strideurs étranges,
    Silences traversés des [Mondes et des Anges]:
    —O l’Oméga, rayon violet de [Ses] Yeux!

  3. how appropriate the above poem…

    A black, E white, I red, U green, O blue: vowels,
    I shall tell, one day, of your mysterious origins:
    A, black velvety jacket of brilliant flies
    which buzz around cruel smells,

    Gulfs of shadow; E, whiteness of vapours and of tents,
    lances of proud glaciers, white kings, shivers of cow-parsley;
    I, purples, spat blood, smile of beautiful lips
    in anger or in the raptures of penitence;

    U, waves, divine shudderings of viridian seas,
    the peace of pastures dotted with animals, the peace of the furrows
    which alchemy prints on broad studious foreheads;

    O, sublime Trumpet full of strange piercing sounds,
    silences crossed by [Worlds and by Angels]:
    –O the Omega! the violet ray of [His] Eyes!

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