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Unread 04-27-2021, 10:26 AM
Aaron Poochigian Aaron Poochigian is online now
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Default OpEd on Baudelaire Bicentennial

I have an OpEd up on Baudelaire, COVID and National Poetry Month:
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Unread 04-27-2021, 01:01 PM
Bill Carpenter Bill Carpenter is offline
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Thanks for posting this. Baudelaire is strangely comforting in bad times.
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Unread 04-27-2021, 02:09 PM
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Sarah-Jane Crowson Sarah-Jane Crowson is offline
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Bill, I agree.

It's weird because I never thought I'd be re-reading Baudelaire (I don't have Aaron's translation - I wish I could buy it).

For me, it can't be boredom as I've worked solidly through lockdown, but maybe mortality and imagination?

I've been fixated on expansive romantic paintings, too - Cole and Friedrich and Palmer. . I'd have found those deeply cringy even a few years ago. And grottoes.

Either way, it's a lovely accessible article - I like that it doesn't dress up the reading of Baudelaire in overly poetic sentiments, but opens out the writing (also through the translation) as something useful to think about in these fragile times. Kudos.

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Unread 04-27-2021, 05:00 PM
Martin Elster Martin Elster is offline
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I enjoyed your OpEd, Aaron. Thanks!
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