Tendre Garance, par Jean-Michel Caradec

Jean-Michel Caradec - pochette de l'album Mords la vie (1973)
Jean-Michel Caradec – pochette de l’album Mords la vie (1973), recto – repris de jeanmichelcaradec.com

Jean-Michel Caradec, dont la carrière de chanteur débuta en 1969, rencontra le succès en 1974 avec son deuxième album 33 tours intitulé Ma petite fille de rêve d’après le titre de sa première chanson. Son premier album Mords la vie sortit en 1973. Celui-ci n’a jamais été réédité en CD, mais il est inclus dans l’intégrale en 5 CDs de son œuvre (2018). CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Alabama Song

Jim Morrison with a little girl
Jim Morrison with a little girl

The poem “Alabama Song” (also known as “Moon of Alabama,” “Moon over Alabama,” or “Whisky Bar”) was first written in German by Bertolt Brecht, then translated into English by Elisabeth Hauptmann in 1925. Kurt Weill set it to music for the 1927 musical play Mahagonny-Songspiel. The song was finally included in their 1930 opera Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny). It is sung in Act I by alcoholic prostitutes, they are craving first for a ‘whiskey bar,’ then for a ‘little boy’ (in the 1930’s, this designated a bottle format), and finally for a ‘little dollar:’ CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

La nuit des monstres

Francisco Goya - El sueño de la razón produce monstruos
Francisco Goya – El sueño de la razón produce monstruos (Le sommeil de la raison produit des monstres), Los Caprichos No. 43 (1799) – Google Art Project, via Wikimedia Commons

Depuis deux ans et demi, la poésie de l’amour anime ce blog tué puis ressuscité, entouré de puissantes forces hostiles, mais soutenu par des amis dénués de pouvoir, souvent cachés. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Marvellous freedom

Dick Whittington - Children being taught at Ryan dancing academy, Southern California
Dick Whittington – Children being taught at Ryan dancing academy, Southern California (1933) – from historyinphotos.blogspot.com

After two years and a half, Poets and Lovers is alive and going on, surrounded by hostile forces. It survived the persecution of its first website provider by the UK police, which finally led to closing down the websites that he hosted. We have now a new provider, aiming to host several art websites suffering from censorship, starting with those suppressed in the UK: Poets and Lovers, Pigtails in Paint, and the sites of Graham Ovenden and of Garage Press. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Little Girl, by Little Girl

Little Girl poster
Little Girl poster

MoonCCat is the pen name of Luc-Santiago Rodriguez, a poet, musician and photographer who finds his inspiration in the 19th century. He puts into music poems by 19th century French and English poets, defends the classical French alexandrine against contemporary “free verse,” and practices argentic photography instead of digital one. He is also a specialist in absinthe, the beverage celebrated by 19th century poets and artists, which was banned during most of the 20th century; at one time he managed an absinthe shop in Paris, Vert d’Absinthe. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…