News 2005

19/11/2005 Blog on Arthur Rimbaud - : Round Table on the French poet ""Rimbaud in the Love Deserts".
November 19, 2005 - 15h00, free entrance.
Rivara Castle Museum
Contemporary Art Center Library
With the Piemonte Region sponsorship and the Rivara Town Council Support.
Partecipants: Doct. Eleonora Sparvoli, French Literature Researcher, Literature and Philosophy Faculty of the Milano State Studies University.


11/10/2005 Vote for the SeaBritain 2005 Favourite Poem of the Sea!
Help us find the SeaBritain 2005 Favourite Poem of the Sea by e-mailing your choice from the top 10 nominations.

A big thank you to all of you who sent in your nominations for the SeaBritain 2005 Favourite Poem of the Sea.

Now we would like you to help us choose the winning poem by voting for your favourite from the top 10 nominations listed below.

To vote, pick your choice from this list and send an e-mail to with the author and title in the subject heading of the e-mail.

E-mail voting closes at midnight on Monday 7th November 2005 and the winner will be announced at the reading of Sea Poems Old and New at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, on Tuesday 8th November - details below. Please note there will be ballot papers for last-minute voters at the reading in Greenwich!

The top 10 nominations (in alphabetical order):
- At the Fishhouses - Elizabeth Bishop
- Cargoes - John Masefield
- Convoy - Charles Causley
- Christmas at Sea - Robert Louis Stevenson
- Dover Beach - Matthew Arnold
- The Drunken Boat - Arthur Rimbaud
- The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- The Seafarer - Anonymous, Anglo-Saxon c. 8th century
- Sea Fever - John Masefield
- The Song of the Waterlily - Martin Newell


07/2005 More than a correspondence.
An English academic has just published the definitive collection of Paul Verlaine's often shocking correspondence. Jo Biddle takes a look at this absorbing record of the poet's tempestuous life and loves.

A retired English academic is the toast of French critics for publishing what many consider the definitive collection of the correspondence of France's 19th century bad boy poet, Paul Verlaine.

For the past two decades, Michael Pakenham, a French Studies lecturer and noted Verlaine expert, has trawled libraries, auctions and Internet sites in his hunt to track down letters to and from Verlaine (1844-1896).

The result is 'Paul Verlaine: Correspondance generale (1857-1885)' the first volume of an absorbing collection of some 600 letters, which tracks in minute detail Verlaine's tempestuous life and loves, including his violent affair with the teenage poet Arthur Rimbaud.

The collection plunges the reader into Verlaine's daily life, his passions and dislikes, his attempts to wheedle his way into people's favours, his often debauched lifestyle as well as angry outbursts and humorous observations of human foibles...

The book is available at


19-22 May 2005: Blog on Arthur Rimbaud - Events Homage to the French Poet.
The "Blog on Arthur Rimbaud" event has a humanitarian target with the project to build up one school of art for young girls and boys at Djibouti in Africa.

For this reason all the artist participanting in the event would contribute donating at least one art work. All the donated works will be put on auction and the funds raised will be used for the school set up in Africa. The works of the partecipating artists, maximum three works per artist, would be in a format chosen by the artist. Poems, music, sounds, videos and performances are also accepted. All the partecipating artists have to submit a project having a relevant relation with Arthur Rimbaud's poetics or with his image. Title, theme, synopsis, images and/or sounds, author(s) or co-author(s) with names, addresses, telephones and fax numbers and e-mail must be included.

All these things must be submitted by March 20, 2005 and should be sent to:
Carlo Fatigoni - Email: - Cell.: +39 3334824310
Matteo Licitra - Email: - Cell.: +39 3483153936. Fax: +39 0541869514

The submitted datas must conform to the following format:
Images JPEG - 100KB.
Music or sounds MP3 - 2MB;MIDI - 30KB.
Video frames JPEG - 150KB.

CD, DVD and paper material should be sent to:
Carlo Fatigoni - Strada Eugubina 217 - 06980 BOSCO (Perugia) Italy.
Important - when sending CDs and DVDs please type the following on the packet: FOR CULTURAL PURPOSES ONLY NO COMMERCIAL value $0.00

The Scientific Commission will choose the participants to the event "Blog on Arthur Rimbaud" and those selected will be timely informed by March 31, 2005.

The selected artists must send their works by April 24, 2005 to the following address:
Castello di Rivara, Centro d'Arte Contemporanea
2 Piazza Sillano - 10080 Rivara (Torino) Italia
Tel. & Fax: +39 012431122

All costs to produce the art works, their documentation together with the shipping costs and the insurance are at the artists' expense.

The "Blog on Arthur Rimbaud" event opening will be at the Castello di Rivara, Centro d'Arte Contemporanea on the following days:
May 19-20-21-22, 2005.
Site officiel:


30/03/2005 You can now buy the DVD of the French documentary "Quoi L'Eternité? Arthur Rimbaud" directed by Etienne Faure.
You can order it on its offical website. Costs: 25 Euros + 4 Euros for the shipping costs. It is also available on Ebay. DVD Extras: an interview of the author Claude Jeancolas, of the director Etienne Faure and a video clip of one of his movies. You can learn more about the documentary in the English part of that site


March 17-19, 2005: The French institute of Marrakech will pay homage to Rimbaud, during the 2nd Marrakech International Meeting of Poetry, where about thirty contemporary Arab poets will be invited. Several films and documentaries on the poet should be presented there.


07/01/2005 Exhibition in Zurich for the 150 years of Rimbaud.
Until February 27, the Strauhof Museum of Zurich devotes an exhibition to Arthur Rimbaud, for the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Entitled "I is someone else", the exhibition, presented in both French and in German, declines itself according to the line "A black, E white, I red, U green, O blue" which opens the sonnet "Vowels", whose manuscript is exposed.

A red room thus is devoted to the poem "A Season in hell" and a green room to the relationship between the artist and Verlaine.

Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) went through Switzerland in 1878 when he crossed the pass of Saint Gothard by foot before to reach Italy and to embark for the Middle East.

To learn more about the exhibition, take a look at


01/01/2005 Opera captures poets' stormy relationship.
One of the literary world's strangest and most passionate love affairs has become the subject of a new chamber opera that has its world premiere Jan. 7 -- the relationship between the French poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud.

New England Chamber Opera opens its third season with "Verlaine and Rimbaud" by David Paul Gibson in the David Friend Recital Hall in the Berklee College of Music at 8 p.m. on the 7th, with a repeat performance Jan. 9 at 4 p.m.

Verlaine left his pregnant wife to run off with his wild young protg; their stormy relationship came to an end when Verlaine shot Rimbaud in the hand and went to prison. This is the part of the story that became the subject of a 1995 movie, "Total Eclipse," which starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Rimbaud.

Baritone John Whittlesey, founder of the company, commissioned the opera from Gibson, a longtime friend and former apprentice of composer Gian-Carlo Menotti at the Spoleto Festival. Gibson came to direct Menotti's "The Medium" for the company last year.

"I asked him if he would write something for us," Whittlesey says, "and after we had thrashed it out a bit, we decided to concentrate on the life and works of these two nutty French poets."

The one-hour opera for four singers accompanied by piano and violin traces the central period of the relationship and the poems that came out of it. The libretto incorporates seven or eight of their poems in new English translations and quotes the "Cantique de Jean Racine" by Gabriel Faure in a dream sequence.

The performers will precede the opera with a group of songs by Faure, Debussy, and Britten on texts by the poets. Whittlesey sings Verlaine with Aaron Sheehan as Rimbaud.