Rimbaud’s Prayer

French poet Arthur Rimbaud at the time of his First Communion, age 11, 1866.

Patti Smith’s Easter LP insert reproduces this portrait of Frédéric and Arthur Rimbaud


“…To the adolescent I was. To this old saint, hermitage or mission.  To the spirit of the poor. And to a very high clergy. Also to every cult, in such a place of memorial cults and among such events that one must surrender, according to the aspirations of the moment or our own serious vices…”

Arthur Rimbaud

Excerpt from Prayer

(Illuminations XXXVI: Devotion)


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