After Plotinus, by Fabian Strachan Woodley

Augustus Edwin Mulready - A street flower seller
Augustus Edwin Mulready – A street flower seller (1882) – from Wikimedia Commons

Fabian Strachan Woodley (b. 19 July 1888, d. 8 August 1957) was a British poet who published only one book of verses, A Crown of Friendship (1921). He was a late representative of the ‘Uranian’ school of male poets who exalted the love of boys. As writes a website devoted to Woodley, “Like the other ‘Uranian’ poets, he declared that Boyhood was the only ideal worth following.” Indeed, many of his poems deal with boys he loved. According to the above-mentioned site, Woodley said: “I was a Poet and Dreamer and Lover and Boy with them.CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Fleurs de sang

La blessure de la passion ne se refermera jamais… bonheur de nos plaies éternelles… nous veillerons toujours dans la clarté de nos crépuscules rouges.

Perle étincelante de mes nuits immortelles,
Emblème de mes jours éternels,
Tu es venue, scintillant de mille feux,
Illuminer mes pas de verre…
Tu es venue, mon étoile d’amour,
Embraser mon âme tremblante de désir.


À Mademoiselle de Saint-S***, par Choderlos de Laclos

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
Attribué à Alexandre Kucharski – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos (1786)

Pierre Ambroise François Choderlos de Laclos (1741–1803) combina une carrière d’officier avec une d’écrivain, et il reste surtout connu pour son fameux roman épistolaire, Les Liaisons dangereuses, paru en 1782. Cependant il composa aussi des poèmes, dont un recueil fut publié en 1908 par Arthur Symons et Louis Thomas. La majorité de ceux-ci traitent de l’amour, souvent sur un ton badin, voire licencieux. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

Nathalia Crane, love and poetry at nine

Nathalia Crane
Nathalia Crane (1924) – from The Janitor’s Boy, and Other Poems, via Wikimedia Commons

I will present here another girl poet who, like her contemporaries Hilda Conkling and Sabine Sicaud and the next generation’s Minou Drouet, started writing poetry at a very young age. But unlike Hilda Conkling and Minou Drouet, she did not give up poetry in her teenage years, and unlike Sabine Sicaud who died from a horrible disease at age 15, she lived for 85 years, writing poems and novels, also working as a professor of English at San Diego State University. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

The wretched little girl in De Quincey’s Confessions

Frank Holl - Faces in the Fire
Frank Holl – Faces in the Fire (1867) – The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford

The English writer Thomas Penson De Quincey (b. August 15, 1785; d. December 8, 1859) knew fame with his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, published anonymously in two parts in the September and October 1821 issues of the London Magazine, then released in book form in 1822. In 1845, De Quincey published Suspiria de Profundis, advertised as being a sequel to the Confessions. Then in 1856 he revised his Confessions, which became much longer. Since then, the two are usually published together, their complete titles being Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Being an Extract from the Life of a Scholar, and Suspiria de Profundis: Being a Sequel to the “Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.” CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

The May Queen, by Aleister Crowley

Children maypole dancing
Children maypole dancing (1900–1910) – State Library of Queensland

Before being devoted to the labour movement, May Day was an old Celtic celebration of spring and fertility, Beltane; throughout the centuries it evolved, with the maypole dancing by girls and the election of the May Queen, but it kept its hidden symbolism of youthful love. Crowley’s poem gives it back its ancient pagan meaning. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…