Tony Brinkley teaches English at the University of Maine, where he is also the Senior Faculty Associate at the University’s Franco-American Centre. His poetry and translations have appeared in in Another Chicago Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cerise Press, Drunken Boat, Four Centuries, Hinchas de Poesie, Hungarian Review, MayDay, New Review of Literature, Puckerbrush Press, Poetry Salzburg Review, Otoliths, Shofar, and World Literature Today. Recent translations include poetry by Paul Valéry, Rainer Maria Rilke, Osip Mandelshtam, Marina Tsvetaeva, Boris Pasternak, and Anna Akhmatova.
Arthur Rimbaud died in 1891, at the age of 37. He composed Le Bateau Ivre in 1871, when he was 16, near the beginning of his brief life as a poet. He included it in the letter in which he introduced himself to Verlaine. His life as a poet ended in 1874 when he was 20. Of his poetry, he wrote that “it is really not my fault.”