I’ve never done anything but dream. This, and this alone, has been the meaning of my life. My only real concern has been my inner life. FERNANDO PESSOA

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Telfour Tremble RIP


The Australian headland of Tweed Heads. Could this be the final resting place of Telfour Tremble?


On 23 February 2013, had you googled 'Telfour Tremble', you would have drawn a complete blank. On 24 February 2013, in my blog post The Strange Case Of Telfour Tremble, I rescued this little-known French poet from the depths of obscurity and unleashed him onto an unsuspecting cyber-world. Today, if you google his name, you'll find literally hundreds of citations. So I consider my work done, and can thankfully now put the great man to rest. I'm sure it won't be long before the references duplicate, and triplicate, and quadruplicate, and Tremble will take on an independent life of his own, stumbling from cyber-bar to cyber-brothel, and dropping concrete poems like so many bricks behind him. Essays will be written, theses, literary analyses, critical works. Researchers and dissertation writers will come knocking on my door for titbits of information. Biographers will solicit my opinion about the long term value of his poems and beg me for translated fragments of his verse. But I'm well prepared for this onslaught; indeed, I may even write a biography myself, with the help of his grandson, Théodore Marie Tremble, with whom I'm now in regular contact. However, for the moment, it's farewell TT, and may God rest your poetic soul...

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7 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

Poetic soul indeed.

Vagabonde said...

I wonder if you feel self-conscious about having brought some ammunition in cyber world to the thousands who love conspiracies? You are bringing fuel to their fertile minds – don’t you feel a bit sheepish?

Grizz………… said...

Most amazing...the whole glorious tale. You have earned your place in history, my friend.

The Solitary Walker said...

Yes, Pat — I feel it was a meeting of kindred poetic spirits.

I think there will always be conspiracy theorists, Vagabonde — whatever I might do or say or write!

Thanks for reading, Grizz! Your approval is a real badge of honour to me!

George said...

It's been a wild ride, Robert. However, given the nature of the internet, where things never die, I seriously doubt that Telfour will ever rest in peace.

Ruth said...

You amaze me. I don't know where you get your imagination and creative energy! But I'm grateful!

The Solitary Walker said...

He'll probably remain a tormented soul, as you hint, George — stuck in some cyber-Puragtory between an imaginary life and a fictitious death.

Thanks, Ruth. Wasn't it Picasso who said something like 'Art is a lie which tells the truth'?