The Renée Vivien Cocktail Hour
Welcome to "'A l'heure des mains vides': The Renée Vivien Cocktail Hour." The aim of this series of monthly cocktails is to make getting to know the poetry of Renée Vivien (Pauline Mary Tarn, 1877-1909) a little more enjoyable.
"A l'heure des mains vides" (at the hour of empty hands) is a play on the title of one of Vivien's poetry books, A l'heure des mains jointes (at the hour of joined hands), originally published in 1905. But what if, instead of being able to join hands (because we are all confined to our homes by the Covid virus, for example), you have empty hands? Then grab a glass, fix yourself a drink, and take a moment to read a poem (alone or with others).
Each month will feature a different drink and a thematically related poem (in the original French but with a rather literal English translation for the linguistically challenged) along with a few comments on what is notable about the poem.
The Dirty Mabel
The Long Blue Shadow
The Vénus Noire