Arthur Rimbaud

Each cell is filled with a different kind of spice found in Persian Bazar, corresponding to one line of the poem.

 

 

 

 

Vowels
Black A, white E, red I, green U, blue O: vowels,
One day, I shall reveal your latent births:
A, black corset hairy with dazzling flies
which buzz around cruel stenches,
Gulfs of shade; E, whiteness of vapours and tents,
lances of proud glaciers, white kings, the shivering of flowers;
I, crimsons, spat blood, laughter of beautiful lips
in anger or penitent intoxications;
U, cycles, divine vibrations of green seas,
Peace of pastures dotted with animals, peace of wrinkles
which alchemy imprints on broad studious foreheads;
O, supreme Trumpet full of strange strident calls,
silences crossed by the Worlds and by the Angels:
-O the Omega, violet ray of His Eyes!
—Arthur Rimbaud, 1871

Voyelles

 

A noir, E blanc, I rouge, U vert, O bleu : voyelles,Je dirai quelque jour vos naissances latentes :

A, noir corset velu des mouches éclatantesQui bombinent autour des puanteurs cruelles,

Golfes d’ombre ; E, candeur des vapeurs et des tentes,Lances des glaciers fiers, rois blancs, frissons d’ombelles ;I, pourpres, sang craché, rire des lèvres bellesDans la colère ou les ivresses pénitentes ;
U, cycles, vibrements divins des mers virides,Paix des pâtis semés d’animaux, paix des ridesQue l’alchimie imprime aux grands fronts studieux ;
O, suprême Clairon plein des strideurs étranges,Silence traversés des Mondes et des Anges :- O l’Oméga, rayon violet de Ses Yeux !

-Arthur Rimbaud, 1871