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Rimbaud's Poison



A poem written by Peggy Amond in 1998 to describe Arthur Rimbaud's love affair with absinthe.

Absinthe The emerald hour-- when the poet's pain is soothed by a liquid jewel held in the sacred chalice, upon which rests the pierced spoon, the crystal sweetness-- Icy streams trickle down. The darkest forest melts into an open meadow as waves of green seduce. Sanity surrendered, the soul spirals toward the murky depths, wherein lies the beautiful madness-- absinthe.

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