National Poetry Month Spotlight – Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
image by Jacques Hebert – Colette (French: [kɔ.lɛt]; Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, 28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954) was a French novelist nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Her best known work, the novella Gigi (1944), was the basis for the film and Lerner and Loewe stage production of the same name. She was also a mime, an actress and a journalist.
“Sit down and put down everything that comes
into your head and then you’re a writer.
But an author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth,
without pity, and destroy most of it.”
As for an authentic villain, the real thing, the absolute, the artist,
one rarely meets him even once in a lifetime. The ordinary
bad hat is always in part a decent fellow.
On this narrow planet,
we have only the choice
between two unknown worlds.
One of them tempts us –
ah! what a dream, to live in that! –
the other stifles us at the first breath
There is no need to
waste pity on young girls
who are having their moments
for in another moment
they will recover their illusion.
My true friends
have always given me
that supreme proof of devotion,
a spontaneous aversion
for the man I loved.
“Total absence of humor renders life impossible.” Colette
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