“As soon as the idea of the Flood subsided,
A hare stopped in the clover and swinging flowerbells and said his prayer to the rainbow through the spider’s web . . .”
Arthur Rimbaud’s short career as a poet came to a fiery close with The Illuminations. Innovative in their juxtaposition of images and exploration of language, the poems have inspired generations of poets. They retain their avant-garde flavor more than a century after they were first published.
Five years in the making, this new translation transmits the vitality and freshness of Rimbaud’s voice while preserving fidelity to the originals. This dual-language edition allows readers to compare the translation with the original.