Posts Tagged ‘Arthur Rimbaud’

Why We Read Poetry: Exhibit 4: Berrigan

Posted: Saturday, September 3, 2011 in Poems
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after Arthur Rimbaud

Sweeter than sour apples flesh to boys
The brine of brackish water pierced my hulk
Cleansing me of rot-gut wine and puke
Sweeping away my anchor in its swell
And since then I’ve been bathing in the poem
Of the star-steeped milky flowing mystic sea
Devouring great sweeps of azure green and
Watching flotsam, dead men, float by me
Where, dyeing all the blue, the maddened flames
And stately rhythms of the sun, stronger
Than alcohol, more great than song,
Fermented the bright red bitterness of love
I’ve seen skies split with light, and night,
And surfs, currents, waterspouts; I know
What evening means, and doves, and I have seen
What other men sometimes have thought they’ve seen
Ted Berrigan


Anis Shivani‘s “new rules for writers” is one big Fuck You to careerism, conformity, and any kind of literary  “success.” An excerpt:

The “system”–in all its manifestations–is in utter disrepair, decadence rather. The only way to conquer it is to humiliate it. This goes against everything you’ve heard, all the advice to play nice. But that gets you nowhere… Confound them. Bewilder them. Disrespect them. Mock them. “They” meaning all the authority figures in publishing…

Read more at:

Anis Shivani: New Rules For Writers: Ignore Publicity, Shun Crowds, Refuse Recognition And More.

(In other words, become this guy:

These are the best books Bat Terrier read this year. (Disclosure: no books by friends on this list.)


The Illuminations, Arthur Rimbaud, as translated by Donald Revell


Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories, James Thomas, ed.


Subterranean Kerouac: The Hidden Life of Jack Kerouac, Ellis Amburn



The Ax, Donald Westlake


Catching up with Christopher Hitchens: “Darfur, Zimbabwe, Burma, North Korea, anywhere that the concept of human rights doesn’t exist, it’s always the Chinese at backstop. And always for reasons that you could write down in three words: blood for oil.”

Interesting new books scheduled for publication in 2011, including a new book of stories by Colm Toibin and a new translation of Rimbaud by none other than John Ashbery.

And Danielle Evans on Outsider Fiction.