Today’s show is a portrait of and a tribute to the great French poet Paul Verlaine (1844-1896). Jack will read translations of some of Verlaine’s classic poems. The poet’s famous “Art Poetique” (“The Art of Poetry”) ends,
Music again and always!
May your verse be a winged thing
Which we feel flies from one moving soul
Towards other skies and other loves.
May your verse be the lucky chance
Scattered on the shriveled-up wind of morning
That goes flowering of mint and thyme…
And everything else is literature.