This is jut a divertissement, not quite in tune with the banality of disaster in your photo and text, and perhaps more obvious, but it may still be apt. (Note: it was rather hastily translated from the original, in Portuguese):Around 1900There are days for me around 1900 when I’d likea trade that demanded contraptions on wheels and gears and pedals orsay a little stall or kioskwith a painted sign in the middle of a squareeven if light was already rather washed outand people peering behind the doorsof shops nearby frightened me terribly. Around 1900I’d like litters of vertical lintel and flowers in black and white to grow on my backbut with nuances and tiny ladders to climb up to my drums if I managed to sell a couple of baskets or to jumpover myself or whomever wishedand find the best pose and the ideal bonnetto sell umbrellas on a fine dayas the century turned and have that lookof the well-groomed drifter, and a moustachethat means business, and lots of buttonsof my jacket and be able to trade normal flowers for weird ones around1900 or so and in Paris. And that Atgetwould walk by and ask to take my picture.But I’d want to have a less gloomy air about me and have a cobbler for a friend who would do me a service now and then and a more substantial daily prog and piped water and a bit more time to make advances on the mannequins in shopwindows and a not so hunched gaitand be alive. CheersMiguel
Thanks, Miguel. Is this your writing? The hunchback at the end is calling to mind Bertrand's Gaspard de la Nuit, which I haven't thought about in way too long...(by the way, if it was you who put Emanuele in contact with me, many many thanks)
Hi Evan. I did write to Emanuele and told him he should read your blog, and so I guess indirectly I put him in contact with you. I had your recent epistolary posts about Rome in mind, but I was sure he'd enjoy your writing as a whole, as do I. The poem above is indeed mine - just something I wrote after staring at Atget photos for a couple of hours.I've come across references to Gaspard de la nuit in my readings of and on surrealism and Baudelaire, but have never actually read it. I'm looking forward to your book on combined and uneven apocalypse, which I guess won't be long in coming. BestMiguel P.S. I'm a Birkbeck grad student, by the way, under the supervision of Esther Leslie, although I've moved back to Lisbon where I'm trying to write the PhD thesis in exile, as it were, after a rather long interruption .
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