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> Translation: Absinthia Taetra
Kirk
post Feb 23 2012, 01:56 PM
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I have both copies and I can tell you they are beautifully printed, you can feel the letters on the page where the original plates embossed the high quality hand cut paper, more of a piece of art than book, although I have read them over and over.


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post Feb 23 2012, 05:15 PM
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The title of that poem as Cros apparently intended it to be was "Lendemain", which is "the day after", but possibly Cros did not mean that literally - it could mean the future, or the consequences (of some action). In French, the poem rhymes, a b b a.

http://people.zeelandnet.nl/henklensen/cros.htm

http://french.about.com/cs/vocabulary/g/lendemain.htm


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post Feb 23 2012, 05:26 PM
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Nepenthes kindly gifted me with a copy of the Tisserand booklet, and Kirk is right, it is a beautiful thing, more like an illuminated manuscript than a book.


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post Feb 23 2012, 08:12 PM
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Lendemain

With flowers, with women
with absinthe, with fire
we can divert ourselves a little
playing our role in some drama

Absinthe drunk on a winter evening
lights up in green the smoky soul
and the flowers on the well-beloved
exude perfume before the bright fire

Then kisses lose their charms
having lasted a few seasons
reciprocal betrayal means
you leave one day, without tears

You burn letters and bouquets
then the alcove catches fire
and if the sad life is spared
absinthe and hiccups abide

The portraits are eaten by flames
the contorted fingers tremble
you die having long slept
with flowers, with women


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post Feb 23 2012, 10:13 PM
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I quite like that.

I have yet to figure out why every last copy of the Nepenthes Press books haven't yet been purchased. Along with Kirk's spoons (and cane), they are the most beautiful absinthe-related works of art.

Beautifully made absinthe, is of course, itself a work of art.


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post Feb 24 2012, 05:33 AM
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Great stuff Artemis, thanks for posting that.
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post Feb 24 2012, 01:20 PM
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If Nepenthes sells as many books as I sell spoons they should be available for about 20 more years. Not surprising, you can read for free and use a fork for sugar cubes.


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post Feb 24 2012, 03:45 PM
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Simple Syrup…


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post Feb 24 2012, 03:51 PM
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…for simple people.


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post Feb 24 2012, 06:01 PM
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QUOTE
thanks for posting that


You're welcome. I wasn't satisfied with the English translations I found during a cursory search, so I did my own, based upon those. I've since changed "indigestion" to "hiccups". I thought it was hiccups on first glance (hoquet - it's pretty intuitive) but I had neglected to put that in. I had actually never seen that poem in any language before our Finny friend brought it up, so thanks to him. I think it's far superior to that Dowson poem.


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post Feb 24 2012, 06:54 PM
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This link was posted elsewhere, and I thought the story was okay:

http://www.france-pittoresque.com/spip.php?article5657

It's about Alexandre Dumas and Armand Montjoye. Montjoye showed up at the house of Dumas and sat at a table silently, smoking, before an overflowing glass "poisoned by the Green Muse". The secretaries fled, and Dumas, who "didn't like to write unless he was surrounded by an entourage", threw down his pen and approached Montjoye.

Montjoye! he exclaimed.
Master?
Let me ask you something.
What?
How many glasses of absinthe have you had today?
I'm on my second glass, answered Montjoye.
You must have a dreadful hunger.
No.
Bah!
I get hungry only after the sixth glass.
Oh goodl! Montjoye, you know something? Dumas went on.
No, said Montjoye mechanically, accustomed to this dictatorship of dialogue.
It is one o'clock, is it not?
One-thirty.
At one glass of absinthe per hour, it will be half past five when you will be hungry.
Precisely.
Then you have four hours before you, and I have four hours before me.
So? Montjoye said complacently .
So! Don't you see where I'm going?
Not yet.
Here: I am going to make dinner for you.

Dumas then spent his hours wringing the necks of chickens, lighting the fire, picking parsely, cooking, etc. and finally presented supper to coincide with Montjoye's sixth glass of absinthe.


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post Feb 24 2012, 08:14 PM
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post Feb 24 2012, 08:22 PM
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Treat every drink as your last. Don't die with shit on your breath.


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post Feb 24 2012, 09:33 PM
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Great idea, I wish you good luck!


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post Feb 24 2012, 09:48 PM
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Treat every drink as your last. Don't die with shit on your breath.


That ain't no maxim. It precludes suicide by Czechsinthe.


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