National Poetry Month: Rimbaud

Rimbuad though often under the radar to the mainstream public to many poets he is a genius, a madman and tons and tons of other appropriate labels, that all successfully stick.  He is truly a character.

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My Bohemian Life
by Rimbaud

I went off with my hands in my torn coat pockets;
My overcoat too was becoming ideal;
I travelled beneath the sky, Muse! and I was your vassal;
Oh dear me! what marvellous loves I dreamed of!

My only pair of breeches had a big whole in them.
– Stargazing Tom Thumb, I sowed rhymes along my way.
My tavern was at the Sign of the Great Bear.
– My stars in the sky rustled softly.

And I listened to them, sitting on the road-sides
On those pleasant September evenings while I felt drops
Of dew on my forehead like vigorous wine;

And while, rhyming among the fantastical shadows,
I plucked like the strings of a lyre the elastics
Of my tattered boots, one foot close to my heart!

Rimbaud Details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rimbaud

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