Bob played in Brussels in 1991 (coincidence or not, the sign dates from 1991)
Wow!. That is fascinating. So is this thread. It really makes me want to have the book of the Drawn Blank Series.
Thank you, I appreciate it. Mind you, I had to walk around for at least an hour to really be sure. It seems that Bob draws quickly, like just wanting to save what intersted him in his memory. I must say that I did not like the drawing at first, too vaque, sloppy even. But on the other hand, the first moment I saw it, I sort of felt where this place was. Just like with his songs; you don't know what he's talking about but you get the feeling that it is important.
I was annoyed at first with Bob for not getting any clear directions on where to go and then just when I stood still to take my breath, I know that was the very spot. Very strange experience . I never knew about Verlaine shooting Rimbaud and I have been living in Brussels for a very long time.
Since my trip I am looking into all the poems Rimbaud (and Verlaine) wrote about Brussels and I have viewed Total Eclipse with Di Caprio. Great actor and one can easily see in this film why Dylan was often compared to Rimbaud.
Here's the translation of the poem of Verlaine (there is also a Rimbaud poem with the same title so don't get confused)
It Rains in my Heart - Translation Paul VERLAINE – Il pleure dans mon coeur
It rains in my heart
as on town and on mart,
pours down longings that start
to reign in my heart!
Oh soft ringing of rain
poured on earth, eave and pane, -
for poor heart feeling pain, -
oh the ringing of rain!
It rains without reason
in hurt heart fears have lease on.
What? - no season for treason?
Do I grieve without reason?
What most hurts me, I wait
‘Why’ not knowing, sad fate,
without love, without hate, ...
On my heart lies deadweight!
To end with a spicy note; Verlaine got 2 years not for shooting Rimbaud in the hand but for sodomy. Eighteenth Century what did you expect?