Libra: A Self-portrait and a Poem

Wednesday September 22nd 2021
Self portrait by Suzanne Valadon, born 23 September 1865

Self portrait by Suzanne Valadon, born 23 September 1865

II

 I am a far more deserving inventor than all those who went before me; a musician, in fact, who found something resembling the key of love. At present, a noble from a meager countryside with a dark sky I try to feel emotion over the memory of mendicant childhood, over my apprenticeship  when I arrived wearing wooden shoes, polemics, five or six widowings, and a few wild escapades when my strong head kept me from rising to the same pitch as my comrades. I don’t miss what I once possessed of divine happiness: the calm of this despondent countryside gives a new vigor to my terrible scepticism. But since this scepticism can no longer be put into effect, and since I am now given over to a new worry—I expect to become a very wicked fool.

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— From Lives by Arthur Rimbaud, born 20 October 1854, translated by Wallace Fowlie

 

 


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