Saturday, December 8, 2007

Lost literary shakuhachi references, Dec. 8 entry

Asked to post a picture of Rimbaud and Verlaine with Taimu bass shakuhachi, I found this:

I think it is generally accepted in academic circles that Rimbaud had a bigger shakuhachi than Verlaine

Excerpt from The Drunken Shakuhachi (unpublished)

But, truly, I have wept too much! The Dawns are heartbreaking.
Every moon is atrocious and every sun bitter:
Sharp love has swollen me up with heady langours.
O let my bamboo split! O let me blow deep
Ro-meri to the bottom!

— attributed to A.R.