Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Jules Laforgue

No time to write much today; I've been very busy with other things. (Modifying my new oven, helping someone whose house got flooded, inventing a Royal Jelly pump with 'Honey Boy', attending a pantomime read-through).
But I wanted to say that I am reading the poems of Jules Laforgue. Now I speak French 'Comme une vache l'espagnole' as they say, so I'm reading them in the excellent Penguin Classics edition, with a prose crib at the bottom of each page, notes at the back, and a long explanatory introduction, all provided by Graham Dunstan Martin. They really are extraordinary; I should have read them long ago and I recommend them to anyone with any interest in poetry. And even more to anyone with no interest in poetry.

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