Poésies, par Isidore Ducasse

Isidore Lucien Ducasse, né à Montevideo (Uruguay) le 4 avril 1846, et mort à Paris le 24 novembre 1870, est connu surtout pour Les Chants de Maldoror qu’il publia en Belgique en 1869 sous le pseudonyme de Comte de Lautréamont. En 1870 il fit publier publier à Paris sous son nom, Isidore Ducasse, deux fascicules de ses Poésies. Le site Maldoror précise à ce propos :

Ducasse semble avoir voulu en faire une “publication permanente”, à l’image des très nombreuses feuilles qui se publiaient à la fin du second Empire. Il n’aura eu le temps de faire paraître que deux fascicules de ce mystérieux périodique, déposés l’un le 9 avril et l’autre le 14 juin 1870, mais découverts seulement en 1891 par Remy de Gourmont. Il faudra attendre 1919 pour qu’André Breton recopie ces textes sur l’exemplaire unique de la Bibliothèque Nationale et les publie dans Littérature.

En effet, Ducasse mourut peu après, et ne put donc pas préparer des fascicules supplémentaires. Malgré son titre, Poésies n’est pas un recueil de vers, ni même de poèmes en prose ; il s’agit plutôt d’une suite d’aphorismes et de réflexions sur la littérature. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

The unloved and untouched children of sex panic

Edvard Munch - The Scream
Edvard Munch – The Scream (1893) – from Wikimedia Commons

In a gruesome country called “the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” reigns a horrible panic about children and sex. Anyone can come forward and accuse a dead person of the most bizarre form of sexual abuse, then he or she will automatically be believed and granted the “victim status,” an easy and quick way to gain public recognition. The discredited theories of “recovered memories,” which led to thousands of broken lives and shattered families in the USA, still enjoy public support in the “UK,” and are used to accuse ever more people of sexual abuse. Journals and the Internet have been filled with conspiracy theories about Lords, Members of Parliament, even ministers, involved in “paedophile conspiracies” to rape children in various ways, in particular by inserting tools into their anuses. This land has a distinctive institution, the gutter press, generally printed in “tabloid” format, whose so-called “journalists” can make a career by spreading the wildest nonsense. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Poésies d’une Enfant, par Antonine Coullet

Antonine Coullet-Tessier
Antonine Coullet-Tessier (c.1903)

L’OCÉAN

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Le murmure des mers est plus triste la nuit.
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Antonine Coullet est née à La Roche-sur-Yon le 10 janvier 1892. À 9 ans elle commença à écrire de petits poèmes. Des adultes fascinés par ce don — pourtant pas si exceptionnel à cet âge — décidèrent en 1902 de publier ses vers. Ainsi parut début 1903 (mais achevé d’imprimer le 17 novembre 1902) son recueil Poésies d’une Enfant (71 pages), publié par Alphonse Lemerre à Paris. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

The Egg of the Albatross, by Eric Stenbock

Northern royal albatross on the Otago Peninsula
Northern royal albatross on the Otago Peninsula – from travel.nine.com.au

Eric Stenbock published in 1894 a collection of seven short studies, Studies of Death, subtitled Romantic Tales. As indicated by the title, most of these stories are macabre, ending in the death of some protagonists. For nearly a hundred years this book was quite forgotten, and almost unobtainable. In 1984, the Garland publishing house reprinted the 1894 edition, together with The Shadow of Death (1893), Stenbock’s third collection of poetry. Then in 1996 the Durtro publishing house (of David Tibet) reprinted Studies of Death, adding to it the short story “The Other Side: A Breton Legend,” which had originally been published separately in The Spirit Lamp (Vol. IV, No. 2, 6 June 1893, pages 52–68). CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Yokohama Garland, by Alfred Edgar Coppard

John Singer Sargent - Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose
John Singer Sargent – Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose (1885-6) – Tate Britain N01615

Alfred Edgar Coppard (1878–1957) was an English author, best known for his short stories, but who also wrote poetry. After a youth spent in poverty, around 1920 he joined a literary group in Oxford, then published his first book in 1921; he continued writing and publishing throughout his life. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Sapphics, by Eric Stenbock

Eric Stenbock
Eric Stenbock – from Strange Flowers on WordPress

Count Eric Stenbock (1860–1895) is a lesser-known ‘Decadent’ writer. In his short lifetime, he published three short collections of poetry, Love, Sleep & Dreams (1881), Myrtle, Rue and Cypress (1883) and The Shadow of Death (1893), a collection of short stories, Studies of Death (1894), and a separate short story, “The Other Side: A Breton Legend,” in The Spirit Lamp (Vol. IV, No. 2 June 1893). CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…