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Old 01-10-2009   #21
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"The stake was a dollar a side. Kimberlin won. The pale stranger smiled grimly, and opened another game. Again Kimberlin won. Then the stranger pushed back his hat and fixed that still gaze upon his opponent, smiling yet. With this full view of the pale stranger's face, Kimberlin was more appalled than ever. He had begun to acquire a certain self-possession and ease, and his marveling at the singular character of the adventurer had begun to weaken, when this new incident threw him back into confusion. It was the extraordinary expression of the stranger's face that alarmed him. Never upon the face of a living being had he seen a pallor so deathlike and chilling. The face was was more than pale; it was white. Kimberlin's observing faculty had been sharpened by the absinthe, and, after having detected the stranger in an absentminded effort two or three times to stroke a beard which had no existence, he reflected that some of the whiteness of the face might be due to the recent removal of a full beard. Besides the pallor, there were deep and sharp lines upon the face, which the electric light brought out very distinctly. With the exception of the steady glance of the eyes and an occasional hard smile, that seemed out of place upon such a face, the expression was that of a stone inartistically cut. The eyes were black, but of heavy expression; the lower lip was purple; the hands were fine, white, and thin, and dark veins bulged out upon them. The stranger pulled down his hat.

'You are lucky,' he said. 'Suppose we try another drink. There is nothing like absinthe to sharpen one's wits and I see that you and I are going to have a delightful game.'"
W. C. Morrow - "Over an Absinthe Bottle"

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When day is done and night is a lyric ecstasy with a million stars; when the lust for life flames like red wine in the heart of man; when out of the torturous darkness temptation strides with fawning hips and painted face, do you remember Vincent van Gogh, [and] the satyric figure of a dwarf with enormous head, huge fleshy nose, repulsive scarlet lips, black bushy beard, myopic malevolent eyes? He [Toulouse-Lautrec] leans for support on a tiny cane. He stands by a dust bin polluting the night with its hideousness--symbol of filth and putrescence. He sits down at a marble table, eagerly welcomed by those who have wasted life, and now life wastes them: drinking absinthe with hopeless hopefulness. The fairy with the green eyes has enslaved their brains, has stolen their souls.

-- W. R. Bett, "Vincent van Gogh (1853-90): Artist and Addict," The British Journal of Addiction 51 (1954), cited in Doris Lanier, Absinthe: The Cocaine of the Nineteenth Century, A History of the Hallucinogenic Drug and Its Effect on Artists and Writers in Europe and the United States (McFarland, 1995)

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Re: Devotees of ye Green Fairy

“The Absinthe Drinker” (1892), by Arthur Symons

Gently I wave the visible world away.
Far off, I hear a roar, afar yet near,
Far off and strange, a voice is in my ear,
And is the voice my own? The words I say
Fall strangely, like a dream, across the day;
And the dim sunshine is a dream. How clear,
New as the world to lovers’ eyes, appear
The men and women passing on their way!


The world is very fair. The hours are all
Linked in a dance of mere forgetfulness.
I am at peace with God and man. O glide,
Sands of the hour-glass that I count not, fall
Serenely: scarce I feel your soft caress,
Rocked on this dreamy and indifferent tide.
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Thank you, Nicole. "The Absinthe Drinker" makes me want to try this potent potable more than ever...

"What does it mean to be alive except to court disaster and suffering at every moment?"

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Re: Devotees of ye Green Fairy

Quote Originally Posted by G. S. Carnivals View Post
Thank you, Nicole. "The Absinthe Drinker" makes me want to try this potent potable more than ever...
It is a wondrous poem, I think my favourite posted in this thread. It sings to me, deeply, eerily. I know so little about Symons, and have read almost nothing of his work; and yet he fascinates me. I think I did a wee search for his books online and the prices discouraged me. Yet everything I learn about him tantalizes. I've printed this gorgeous sonnet and will place it here, at my writer's table, so that -- during those moments when I am flummox'd in my art, I can read it -- and sigh -- and dream....

"We work in the dark -- we do what we can -- we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art."
--Henry James (1843-1916)
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Roses are red
Absinthe is louche
If you love the Green Fairy
then you're not a douche

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream..
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Re: Devotees of ye Green Fairy

For those of you who enjoy and work with tarot, I highly recommend George Higham's The Wormweird Tarot, of which Cups is entitil'd "The Court of Absinthe" and has cards named "The Lord of Absinthe," and so on. The colour-theme is a delicious decadent green. One of my favourite decks, right up there with Tarot of Prague and ye recent Lovecraftian deck Dark Grimoire Tarot (aka Tarocchi del Necronomicon, Tarot du Necronomicon, & Tarot der Dunklen Schatten) in which many cards illustrate various "scenes" from Lovecraft's weird fiction.

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All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream..
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"'Names?'

'This one, Willy Pugmire. His wife in the kitchen is Ingrid Hobbs-Pugmire. Both unemployed - laid off from Polyform Ceramix for two and a half years; on extended benefits. The two in the bedroom are Jesus da Favela and Wanda Macumba, both collecting welfare benefits. We cross-referenced them with the perpetrator and nothing linked up.'

'Thanks,' Bell murmured, brushing past the young officer, the altar Graf had mentioned catching his eye.

A table had been made of a thick, oblong slab of gray stone resting atop two piles of ceramic foundation blocks stolen from some construction site. Various items needed for rituals were stored in the hollows of the blocks; candles, a lighter, a sheath of papers rolled in a tube. Bell withdrew this and opened the papers like a scroll. He grimaced. 'What is this, another language translated into English?'

Graf peered over his shoulder. 'Tikkihotto?'

'I don't think so. We'll have to run a scan on it.' He shoved the tube back into its slot, from another removed a clear vial containing a green powder which sparkled like pulverized emeralds. It was a trendy new drug nicknamed absinthe, popular with artistic types. He passed it to Graf. 'Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder.'"
Jeffrey Thomas - "The Bones of the Old Ones"

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Absynthe, monstre né jadis pour notre perte
De l'Afrique à Paris, traînant ta robe verte

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