Thursday, January 20, 2011

"Style is the Man" Le style est l'homme meme

“Style is the man”
It is true…
A precocious poet
Public and private,
Unique verve and eloquent 
Classicism tempered by
A grasp of modernist
And the vicissitudes of fashion.
With his
Rebellious kinky hair,
Antennae like
Protruding ears
Always in motion
A jittery jaguar
A lyric movement
A dynamic rhythmic body,
Forever pacing - proclaims
"Let’s get our dreams unstuck"
 
With a wave of the muse's magic wand,
Whilst a self conscious artist
The pen draws
Books are written,
Plays are acted.
Through the
“Blood of the Poet”
Films are made.

A friend of Picasso,
A collaborator with Satie,
Stravinsky,
                    Diaghilev,
                                  Coco Chanel
And a group of composers
known as Les Six.

Through turbulent times
Rocked by scandal,
Reoccurring  broken dreams
lost loves
                             Triumph 
and                                                   
Tragedy

In the company of
Ecstasy to opium,
Some jealous,
Call him robber,
Call him liar,
"Yes, but of course,
                They are right
                                     For the wrong reasons,
Ces, cons-la’!"
There is this void
in which we send
our poems,
our art,
our reviews
“I’d take the fire”,
said
The
French
 poet,
writer,
 artist,
 and
 film maker
life is theater
theater is life.
Jean Maurice Eugene Clement Cocteau!

July 05, 1889- October 11, 1963
fin d'une époque

Jean Cocteau.com
The intriguing intersection of lives: The artist Jean Cocteau died of a heart attack at age 74 at his chateau in Milly-la-Foret, France after hearing the news of the death of another friend, the singer Edith Piaf.  Cocteau, chivalrous at the last, obeyed the rule of ladies first. "Ah, la Piaf est morte," he said on the morning of October 11 1963. "Je peux mourir aussi." [Ah, Piaf's dead. I can die too."] And then he promptly died of a heart attack. Or so legend has it.

Edith Piaf and Jean Cocteau , 1938
The quotes were from Jean Cocteau.  A literature monthly posed the question to several writers:  If your house was burning down and you could take away one thing,what would it be?"  Replied Cocteau, "I'd take the fire."  and I believe as others that he did.

photo credits: scanned images: 1st image by Man Ray 1926, Cocteau drew his hand holding his own image.
 2nd image by Paul Thevenaz of Jean Cocteau, 1917. 3rd image by Jean Hugo of Jean Cocteau and his muse. 4th image Poster from film "Blood of the Poet'.
5th image, a letter from Picasso to Cocteau-with a penned cartoon of Olga Picasso, Cocteau, and the Cubist Master.
6th image Coco Chanel , she was closely involved with Jean Cocteau for over forty years. Coco designed her first theater costumes for Jean, provided him with places to live, supported his attempts to give up opium and helped bury his deceased lovers.
7th image via the Book Opium and the drawing by Cocteau  to depict the agonies of addiction.
8th image Cocteau smoking opium. , 1938,.
9th image The hard core surrealist who were Cocteau's implacable tormentors throughout the 1920's left to right, Tristan Tzara, Andre' Breton, Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, & Man Ray. rear: Paul Eluard, Jean Hans Arp., Yves Tanguy, and Rene' Crevel.
10th image of Jean Cocteau in his last years,  and last11th  image Edith Piaf and Jean Cocteau by Serge Lido , 1938.

poem without  images,

Le style est l'homme meme

“Style is the man”
It is true…
A precocious poet
Public and private,
Unique verve and eloquent
Classicism tempered by
A grasp of modernist
And the vicissitudes of fashion
With his
Rebellious kinky hair,
Antennae like
Protruding ears
Always in motion
A jittery jaguar
A lyric movement
A dynamic rhythmic body,
Forever pacing - proclaims
"Let’s get our dreams unstuck"
With a wave of the muse's magic wand,
Whilst a self conscious artist
The pen draws
Books are written,
Plays are acted.
Through the
“Blood of the Poet”
Films are made.
A friend of Picasso,
A collaborator with Satie,
Stravinsky, Diaghilev
Coco Chanel
And a group of composers
known as Les Six.

Through turbulent times
Rocked by scandal,
Reoccurring broken dreams
lost loves
In the company of
Ecstasy to opium,
Some jealous,
Call him robber,
Call him liar,
Yes, but of course,
They are right
For the wrong reasons,
Ces, cons-la’!

There is this void
in which we send
our poems,
our art,
our reviews
“I’d take the fire”,
said
The
French
 poet,
writer,
 artist,
 and
 film maker
life is theater
theater is life
Jean Maurice Eugene Clement Cocteau!

fin d'une époque

21 comments:

  1. joanny this is gorgeous...a moving tribute to one that was a creator...

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  2. Joanny....IT'S FANTSTIC

    my compliments for this BEAUTIFUL WORK.

    Greetings from Holland, Joop

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  3. tremendous tribute to Cocteau! Love especially the image of Piaf and him....such a connection between them-look at their eyes!

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  4. This is very beautiful Joanny...Love you style of writing.. and you did justice to the story. Bravo!!

    - Sy

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  5. This was very facinating. I am not a student of poets and poetry so I thank you for the entertaining education.

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  6. He was a genius.
    I especially love two of his quotations.
    Style - a simple way to say difficult things.
    Geeks are usually children of parents with a rich imagination.

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  7. I had heard of Cocteau, but Edith Piaf, I had
    2 of her records when I was young, and Billie
    Holiday and Charles Aznavour, I love that song "SHE". When my house burnt to the ground the very first thing I did, was go buy an Easel
    and oil paints. Not clothes, I was in shock in a hotel room. ALONE. This Post was so beautiful. You're the tops.
    great

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  8. Joanny,
    Je vous remercie beaucoup pour vos belles paroles.

    "STRAY birds of summer come to my window

    to sing and fly away.

    And yellow leaves of autumn,

    which have no songs,

    flutter and fall there with a sigh."

    Merci'
    xoxo
    Dore'

    Joanny ThankYou, You Beautiful Soul

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  9. The times they lived were very colorful! Have a nice weekend!

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  10. Ces dessins et photos sont d'une autre époque, mais d'une époque fascinante dont on ne se lasse pas. Ces gens étaient captivants et ont façonné le monde qui, maintenant, ne serait pas le même s'ils n'avaient pas existés.
    Bravo pour ce montage, et merci à toi, Joanny!

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  11. When I now write some posts on the Montmartre Cemetery, I’m again struck about how during the latter part of the 19th century some remarkable people knew each other, met, worked together, most of them then still unknown. Same thing with the future impressionists… Same thing in the beginning of the 20th century when later world-wide known painters, authors… all seemed to have met and worked together while still poor and unknown. Same thing again, when you watch the photo in your post, where you may recognize the surrealists Tristan Tzara, Paul Eluard, André Breton, Hans Arp, Salvador Dali, Yves Tanguy, Max Ernst, René Crevel, Man Ray together . Same thing again during the after–World War II-years… Does the same thing happen today? Will we know about it in some decades?

    The “Groupe de six” included (of course) six composers (Honneger, Poulenc…) who wrote music together, in common, around 1920. An interesting experiment maybe, but I don't think it lasted for long.

    ... and bravo again for your post! :-)

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  12. A great poem, but now the building is in the hands of women, especially in art and literature, at least I find more inspiration and them. The men we have been stagnant in the arrogance of the past.

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  13. I truly love this...probably a favorite Joanny...an amazing bio in poetic form....I am a biography lover....and you just tempted with with wanting to know more of Jean Cocteau...beautiful done with word and photo.....bkm

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  14. A jittery jaguar
    A lyric movement...


    there are so many lines i love in this. i have to say, it's my favorite to date of yours. LOVE that he would have taken the fire. LOVE it. so well done joanny. thanks for linking!

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  15. Absolutely ingenious how you communicate your artistry, my dearest friend joanny. I am moved by the beauty of every aspect of this post. Thank you so much and I must said this is my favorite post....In, joy!
    Kirsten

    PS. Thanking you so, for your comment on my post...You gave me a very inspirational ideal. I'll send you a mail,
    Ciao
    Baci

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  16. Fascinating words and pictures! Love the can-can post too.

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  17. They certainly were an amazing group of artists. Have you seen the movie about Edith Plath - La Vie en Rose? I loved it, so beautiful and so sad. And Coco Chanel, too. I admire strong women.

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  18. gorgeous!

    have a wonderful weekend!

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  19. Joanny,
    Another amazing tribute to this genius and artistPOET!... oh those times you bring back here must have been both mad and beautiful!

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