A Little Late- 150th Anniversary of Baudelaure;s Death

Although I have traveled far and wide, I am never far from the Monongahela Valley. I am a second-generation American; the Old Countries are never far from me. The wood, and hills, rivers and “cricks” have given me an appreciation for nature.
    Although I likely heard of him somewhere or the others, when Mountain's album Flowers of Evil came out in 1971,  the references to Les Fleurs du Mal captivated me. I was en route to becoming a German major, but I still pushed myself to get enough French to look at bi-lingual editions.

     Before long I was emulating Baudelair by drinking lots of coffee and smoking a lot of tobacco, just as he did. And I wrote some  poetry. Eventually I decreased my caffeine and nicotine intake, Eventually the poetry stop
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ped for some time.

     I will put Baudelaire on my lengthening list of poets to read again. This article below captures him perfectly.


https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/how-charles-baudelaire-became-france-s-first-rock-star-1.3202375