Indomitus

Robert Stevenson - Peggy Ann Garner dans Jane Eyre
Robert Stevenson – Peggy Ann Garner dans Jane Eyre (1943)

Poets and Lovers est toujours là, après 42 mois, ayant surmonté tous les obstacles sur son chemin. Le 20 avril, le registraire de nom de domaine Njalla (une compagnie fondée par des pirates informatiques), sous prétexte d’une supposée plainte contre Pigtails in Paint, bloqua les noms de domaine de tous les sites hébergés par notre fournisseur Internet. Celui-ci dut récupérer les codes pour transférer les domaines auprès d’un autre registraire. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

New flight

Gustave Moreau - La Péri: Rêve d'Orient
Gustave Moreau – La Péri: Rêve d’Orient (c1881) – from Art Renewal Center

Poets and Lovers lives since three years and a half, regularly facing threats. Our Internet provider had registered the domains of his sites with the domain registrar Njalla. On April 20, without any warning or explanation, Njalla decided to block the domain names of of all sites hosted by our provider, in particular Pigtails in Paint, Poets and Lovers and the sites of Graham Ovenden and Garage Press. Moreover, Njalla blocked our provider’s access to the virtual server that they hosted for his sites, they did not even allow him to download the latest contents before terminating it. The pretext was a supposed complaint against the contents of Pigtails in Paint, about which we have no details. After requests for information by our provider, they claimed “child porn,” then later “sexual objectification of kids.” They told him that he was “free” to move the domains to another registrar, but for several days, they refused to transmit him the authorisation codes for transferring the domains to another registrar. After a few days, Pigtails in Paint got its codes for registering the domain name with another company, but for Poets and Lovers it took a month to get the correct codes. The sites of Graham Ovenden and Garage Press had to change their domain names. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Trois ans de liberté

Richard Müller - Liebesbotschaft
Richard Müller – Liebesbotschaft (1921)

Poets and Lovers vit depuis trois ans, et c’est un petit miracle. Partout se met en place une censure « préventive » d’Internet, où divers opérateurs invoquent toutes sortes de raisons pour bloquer des sites, tandis que des lobbies réactionnaires avides de pouvoir et de subsides publics, sous couvert de « protection des enfants », exigent des opérateurs la censure de divers contenus qu’ils qualifient arbitrairement de « maltraitance d’enfants ».

Dans un climat de haine, de chauvinisme et de militarisme, Poets and Lovers continuera à défendre la poésie, la liberté et l’amour. C’est la seule voie pour faire apparaître le merveilleux dans nos existences. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Arisen

Napoleon Sarony - The Birth of Venus
Napoleon Sarony – The Birth of Venus (ca.1900) – from Erotische Fotografie 1890–1920

Poets and Lovers exists since three years, having been through many difficulties. One year ago, our host provider in the UK, after repeated persecution by the police, was railroaded into a guilty plea (for possessing or having possessed material totally legal in any other country in Western Europe), then his server was forcibly closed down after a police raid. Fortunately, we soon found another host provider in another country. 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…

Rebirth

Ivan Bilibin - Illustration for Contes de l'isba
Ivan Bilibin – Illustration for Contes de l’isba: Ivan-Tsarevich and the Firebird (1931) – from Christie’s

In my last semi-annual editorial, I described the police persecution of our British website provider, culminating in his guilty plea. The administration of the websites was taken over by his son, who was forced to close them down in May, following a further police raid with a threat of confiscation of his servers, as well as a blackmail by British Telecom over his security clearance. The heart of the matter is explained in the latest Pigtails in Paint editorial: the latter website, as well as the blog of Graham Ovenden, had uncovered the misconduct of the UK police in the Ovenden frame-up trial and conviction. Corrupt cops must protect their careers by censoring the exposure of their treachery, leading them to further acts of abuse. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Farewell

John William Waterhouse - Saint Eulalia
John William Waterhouse – Saint Eulalia (1885) – from jwwaterhouse.com

British Telecom has ordered the execution of Pïgtails in Paint and Agapeta. You can write me.

Email address for contact
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Love in catacombs

John William Waterhouse - Saint Eulalia
John William Waterhouse – Saint Eulalia (1885) – from jwwaterhouse.com

“First of all, you must never speak of anything by its name—in that country. So, if you see a tree on a mountain, it will be better to say ‘Look at the green on the high’; for that’s how they talk—in that country. And whatever you do, you must find a false reason for doing it—in that country. If you rob a man, you must say it is to help and protect him: that’s the ethics—of that country. And everything of value has no value at all—in that country. You must be perfectly commonplace if you want to be a genius—in that country. And everything you like you must pretend not to like; and anything that is there you must pretend is not there—in that country. And you must always say that you are sacrificing yourself in the cause of religion, and morality, and humanity, and liberty, and progress, when you want to cheat your neighbour—in that country.”

“Good heavens!” cried Iliel, “are we going to England?”

— Aleister Crowley, Moonchild (1917), Chapter XX

Poets and Lovers has been living for two years, in an epoch where freedom of art is increasingly under attack. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…