Psst: Wanna buy the gun that Verlaine used to shoot Rimbaud?

The revolver on display at the Beaux-Arts Mons museum in Belgium last year.

Read: Gun with which Verlaine shot Rimbaud up for auction – Emmanuel Dunand/AFP – 10/19/16: “Christie’s to sell weapon fired in 1873 in what would be the culmination of a torrid affair between the French poets”

After Verlaine shot and injured his teenaged lover, Rimbaud, he went to prison for two years. While there “he wrote 32 poems that would later appear in some of his best-known collections….”

AND NOW…YOU CAN BUY HIS GUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rimbaud is also notable in contemporary times because his “legacy helped inspire the 60s counter-culture movement and rock rebels such as Jim Morrison of the Doors.”
(Pictured above: “The revolver on display at the Beaux-Arts Mons museum in Belgium last year. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP”)
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Last Hope  
Paul Verlaine – Translated by Norman R. Shapiro
Beside a humble stone, a tree
Floats in the cemetery’s air,
Not planted in memoriam there,
But growing wild, uncultured, free.

Read rest of poem at The Poetry Foundation
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A Season in Hell

Arthur Rimbaud

A while back, if I remember right, my life was one long party where all hearts were open wide, where all wines kept flowing.

One night, I sat Beauty down on my lap.—And I found her galling.—And I roughed her up.

Read rest of poem at Poets.org 

 

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