The Renée Vivien Cocktail Hour

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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).

Monthly Cocktails

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.

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JUNE 2020

The Sunset Goddess

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JULY 2020

The Lavender Gin Sling

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AUGUST 2020

The Water Lily de Gramont

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SEPTEMBER 2020

The Black Swan

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OCTOBER 2020

Vampire Sangria

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OCTOBER 2020

Vampire Sangria

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NOVEMBER 2020

The Kir Violette Royal

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DECEMBER 2020

Pauline's Punch

DECEMBER 2020

Pauline's Punch

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DECEMBER 2020

Pauline's Punch

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JANUARY 2021

The Dirty Mabel

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FEBRUARY 2021

The Shipwreck

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MARCH 2021

The Long Blue Shadow

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APRIL 2021

The Moonbeam

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MAY 2021

The Vénus Noire