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….”
(Pictured above: “The revolver on display at the Beaux-Arts Mons museum in Belgium last year. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP”)
A Season in Hell
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.