Quote and image of the month
Quote of the month
The American modernist poet Ezra Pound was born 130 years ago on 30 October 1885 and died 43 years ago on 1 November 1972.
Manet painted the bar at La Cigale or at Les Folies in that year
she did her hair in small ringlets, a la 1880 it might have been,
red, and the dress she wore Drecol or Lanvin
a great goddess, Aeneas knew her forthwith
by paint immortal as no other age is immortal
la France dixneuvieme
Degas Manet Guys unforgettable
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), The Cantos of Ezra Pound, Faber & Faber, London, 1975; 'The Pisan Cantos', Canto 74, p. 435 (ND: p. 455)
NOTES — red: the colour of the hair of Pound's mistress, Olga Rudge; Aeneas: in the Aeneid, recognized his mother Aphrodite at first glance.
Suzon, the girl behind the bar, Olga and Aphrodite all blended into one.
Image of the month
Édouard Manet (1832-1883), Un bar aux Folies Bergère, 1882.