Arthur Rimbaud

Toby Fitch Reviews Michael Farrell and John Ashbery

thempark by Michael Farrell
BookThug, 2010

Illuminations by Arthur Rimbaud
translated by John Ashbery
W.W. Norton and Co., 2011

In her review of John Ashbery’s new translation of Illuminations in The New York Times, Lydia Davis reminded us that: “When Rimbaud’s mother asked of A Season in Hell, ‘What does it mean?’ — a question still asked of Rimbaud’s poetry, and of Ashbery’s, too — Rimbaud would say only, ‘It means what it says, literally and in every sense.'”

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