Review: Arthur Rimbaud, Illuminations

John Ashbury's new translation of Rimbaud's poetry

In The Independent, Michael Glover reviews John Ashbery's new translation of Arthur Rimbaud's Illuminations: 'Thief, teenage master-poet, gun-runner in Africa, attempted murderer: the short life and sensational achievements of Arthur Rimbaud fascinate us. When I finished re-reading Carcanet's parallel-text edition of his cycle of visionary poems in prose, in its new translation by John Ashbery, my head was full of words by those whom Rimbaud so palpably influenced, from Bob Dylan's "Desolation Row" to John Lennon's "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "I Am the Walrus". It struck me that there was no real distance between Dylan, Lennon and Rimbaud.' [Read More]

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