Vous et moi nous nous en allons
Comme s’ent vont les écrevisses,
A reculons, à reculons.
“Le Bestiaire ou Cortège d’Orphée” is a series of short poems adorned by wood paintings by Raoul Dufy.
It dates back to 1911, so it precedes the famous “Alcools” and “Calligrammes” collections. It is part of my 1975 Gallimard-Poésie copy.
One of the photos shows Apollinaire’s grave in the famous Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.
(Gallimard, 1975, 1920)
Guillaume Apollinaire (26 August 1880 – 9 November 1918) was a French poet, playwright, short story writer, novelist, and art critic of Polish descent.
Apollinaire is considered one of the foremost poets of the early 20th century, as well as one of the most impassioned defenders of Cubism and a forefather of Surrealism. He is credited with coining the first term in 1911 for the new art movement, and of coining the latter in 1917 to describe the works of Erik Satie. Finally the term Orphism (1912) is of his. Apollinaire wrote one of the earliest works described as Surrealist, the play The Breasts of Tiresias (1917), which was used as the basis for the 1947 opera Les mamelles de Tirésias.
Two years after being wounded in World War I, he died in the Spanish flupandemic of 1918 at age 38.