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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.

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Un bar aux Folies Bergère

Édouard Manet (1832-1883), Un bar aux Folies Bergère, 1882.