Simon Vinkenoog, 80, Dutch poet and writer.
Vinkenoog with Spinvis in a totally Fela Kuti-esque track
Simon Vinkenoog (1928 – 2009) was a Dutch poet and writer. He was instrumental in launching the Dutch “ Fifties Movement“.
In the Anglosphere Vinkenoog’s name is associated with the
Albert Hall poetry event (and the film ) and his connection with Wholly Communion IT magazine.
He was one of the
Néerlandophone beat writers. The same cultural climate that begot the beat writers in the United States engendered European counterparts.
These countercultures must be looked for in two spheres, the sphere of
European counterculture and the sphere of European avant-garde.
In France this was the
Letterist International, in Germany perhaps Gruppe 47; visually and on a European scale there was COBRA.
Vinkenoog was born in the same year as
Andy Warhol, Serge Gainsbourg, Jeanne Moreau, Nicolas Roeg, Guy Bourdin, Luigi Colani, Stanley Kubrick, Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel, William Klein, Roger Vadim, Yves Klein, Jacques Rivette, Alvin Toffler, Ennio Morricone and Oswalt Kolle.
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Hell detail from Giotto‘s Last Judgement
Peter Webb notes in his excellent , The Erotic Arts eroticism is rare in the art of the Early Christian period and the Middle Ages. Pagan monuments were often overtly sexual, but Christian art shunned the world of physical love. Christianity was a non-sexual religion ( Virgin birth of Jesus, Saint Paul advocating clerical celibacy).
Mooning gargoyle, Frieburg, GER, photographed by macg.stiegler on 4/9/2004.
It was an era of
sexual repression, but there are exceptions of course. There were elegiac comedies such as Lidia, erotic folklore such as the fabliaux, seductive enchantresses such as the Morgan le Fay, succubi and incubi, sexual church gargoyle ornamentations and Sheela na Gigs and sexual misericords.
Christian repression of sexuality led to the depiction of erotic horrors in various frescos such as Giotto‘s . Last Judgement
medieval, history of erotica, Christianity and sexual morality, and Sexuality in Christian demonology De Daemonialitate et Incubis et Succubis.
The mooning gargoyle of Frieberg is Icon of Erotic Art #46
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Never mind the bollocks, here’s Rabelais
As I noted in a previous post
 on satirical pornography or pornographic satire, Rabelais‘s masterpiece is more Gargantua and Pantagruel emetic than erotic.
There is however a strain of
eroticism to be found in Rabelais, a strain of the bawdy, ribald and burlesque variety, which dates back at its earliest to the Ancient Greek . Milesian tale
Milesian tales are the earliest instances of erotic literature in the Western world. They directly influenced Apuleius‘ , The Golden Ass Petronius‘ in antiquity. They were mentioned in Satyricon . Aristidean saucy and disreputable heroes and spicy, fast-paced anecdote resurfaced in the medieval Traitté de l’origine des romans . fabliaux Chaucer‘s is in Aristides’ tradition, as are some of the saltier tales in The Miller’s Tale Boccaccio‘s or the Decameron of Heptameron Marguerite of Navarre and the later genre of the picaresque novel.
Googling for “
buttocks” in five-book series. I came across the tale of Gargantua and Pantagruel Han Carvel’s ring and the blazon and counterblazon of the bollocks in the Third Book. I first mentioned the poetic genre blason here when I posted the Blazon of the Ugly Tit  ( 1535) by Clément Marot.
Rabelais‘s blason and contreblason du couillon (Eng blason and counterblason of the bollock(s)) respectively sing the praise and disparagement of the male testicles. First, there is Panurge‘s blason in “ How Panurge consulteth with Friar John of the Funnels“, then Frère Jean‘s contreblason in “ How Friar John comforteth Panurge in the doubtful matter of cuckoldry“.
rhapsodic lists and enumerations of adjectives are extremely poetic juxtapositions and show how the novel, which was a genre in its nascent state was allowed a maximum of formal and content-wise liberties. In this sense, 16th century literature is quite amazing.
The c. is short for couillons (bollocks).
Panurge‘s praise of the bollocks (275 adjectives):
Mellow C. Varnished C. Resolute C.
Lead-coloured C. Renowned C. Cabbage-like C.
Knurled C. Matted C. Courteous C.
Suborned C. Genitive C. Fertile C.
Desired C. Gigantal C. Whizzing C.
Stuffed C. Oval C. Neat C.
Speckled C. Claustral C. Common C.
Finely metalled C. Virile C. Brisk C.
Arabian-like C. Stayed C. Quick C.
Trussed-up Greyhound-like C. Massive C. Bearlike C.
Manual C. Partitional C.
Mounted C. Absolute C. Patronymic C.
Sleeked C. Well-set C. Cockney C.
Diapered C. Gemel C. Auromercuriated C.
Spotted C. Turkish C. Robust C.
Master C. Burning C. Appetizing C.
Seeded C. Thwacking C. Succourable C.
Lusty C. Urgent C. Redoubtable C.
Jupped C. Handsome C. Affable C.
Milked C. Prompt C. Memorable C.
Calfeted C. Fortunate C. Palpable C.
Raised C. Boxwood C. Barbable C.
Odd C. Latten C. Tragical C.
Steeled C. Unbridled C. Transpontine C.
Stale C. Hooked C. Digestive C.
full blason here
Frère Jean‘s disparagement of the bollocks (440 adjectives):
Faded C. Louting C. Appellant C.
Mouldy C. Discouraged C. Swagging C.
Musty C. Surfeited C. Withered C.
Paltry C. Peevish C. Broken-reined C.
Senseless C. Translated C. Defective C.
Foundered C. Forlorn C. Crestfallen C.
Distempered C. Unsavoury C. Felled C.
Bewrayed C. Worm-eaten C. Fleeted C.
Inveigled C. Overtoiled C. Cloyed C.
Dangling C. Miserable C. Squeezed C.
Stupid C. Steeped C. Resty C.
Seedless C. Kneaded-with-cold- Pounded C.
Soaked C. water C. Loose C.
Coldish C. Hacked C. Fruitless C.
Pickled C. Flaggy C. Riven C.
Churned C. Scrubby C. Pursy C.
Filliped C. Drained C. Fusty C.
Singlefied C. Haled C. Jadish C.
Begrimed C. Lolling C. Fistulous C.
Wrinkled C. Drenched C. Languishing C.
Fainted C. Burst C. Maleficiated C.
Extenuated C. Stirred up C. Hectic C.
Grim C. Mitred C. Worn out C.
Wasted C. Peddlingly furnished Ill-favoured C.
Inflamed C. C. Duncified C.
full counterblason here
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Le Comte de Gabalis
I’ve just spent a good deal of hours researching
, a quest prompted by a new release on Comte de Gabalis Creation Books‘ Creation Oneiros imprint and the reference I found there to occult fiction. Wikipedia has no entry on occult fiction but Googling them did bring up Gabalis.
I am not that a big a fan of occultism except when I find it represented in fiction, such as
supernatural horror or le fantastique.
A recap of what I found:
is a The Comte De Gabalis 17th century grimoire (posing as a novel of ideas) by French writer Abbé N. de Montfaucon de Villars, first published anonymously in 1670. The book is dedicated to Rosicrucianis and Cabalism and based on Paracelsus‘s four elementals: Gnomes, earth elementals; Undines; water elementals, Sylphs, air elementals and Salamanders, fire elementals. It is composed of five discourses given by a Count or spiritual master to the student or aspirant. The by the Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology Gale Group notes that the work may be a satire of the writings of la Calprenède, a popular French writer of the 17th century.
David Teniers the Younger. The Alchemist
It was also very pleasant to find and wikify
elements in fiction:
Shakespeare‘s plays abound in elemental beings including Puck in and A Midsummer Night’s Dream Ariel in . The Tempest Alexander Pope was influenced by the Comte de Gabalis in his Rosicrucian poem “ Rape of the Lock.” Sylphs have been the favorites of the bards. The “ Mahābhārata” is full of stories about beings of the elements and their heroic offspring with their human partners. Similar themes and references are found in Homer‘s and The Iliad in which the elemental beings appear as gods and goddesses such as the mighty The Odyssey Zeus, Hera, Aphrodite, Athena, Apollo, and Achilles, son of a mortal man and the goddess Nymph Thetis (see The Iliad by Robert Fagles, Penguin Classics, 1990). German writer Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué wrote about a beautiful water-nymph, “ Undine,” and Sir Walter Scott endowed the White Lady of Avenel with many of the attributes of the nymphs. Other works or characters influenced include Lord Lytton‘s , Zanoni James Barrie‘s Tinker Bell; and the bowlers Rip Van Winkle encountered in the Catskill Mountains. The story of Melusina is based on the historical marriage of a gentleman and a water nymph. Charles Mackay, father of Marie Corelli, wrote “ Salamandrine,” a poem about a great love between a human and a female salamander. Cabalism, in general, influenced many Mediaeval poems as well as the writings of Dante.
The most interesting aspect of
The Comte De Gabalis is the sexual union of gods and mortals. I like half creatures and I like the sexual part of it. It was the work of the minor British publisher of anthropologica Robert H. Fryar who most clearly brought this link to my attention by reprinting in the late 19th century the with its tale of the Comte de Gabalis immortalization of elementals through sexual intercourse with men and supplementing the work with long citations from the recently discovered Demoniality Or Incubi and Succubi , an eighteenth-century work by Father Sinistrari on the dangers of incubi and succubi.
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Stanley Chapman (1925 – 2009) 
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a juxtapoetic illustration of sweat
There is a charming Italian restaurant and traiteur right next to my door, called
In their tiny dining room hangs a quote of the
preface to Casanova’s Histoire de ma vie. Its most intriguing bit reads:
“Wat de vrouwen betreft, vond ik altijd dat het liefje, dat ik begeerde lekker rook en hoe meer ze zweette, des te heerlijker ik haar vond.”
Like so many translations of
, it was previously bowdlerized. Histoire de ma vie
The original French text reads:
“J’ai toujours trouvé que celle que j’aimais sentait bon et plus sa transpiration était forte, plus elle me semblait
Jean Laforgue, who translated from the German Brockhaus edition “rectified”: “Quant aux femmes, j’ai toujours trouvé suave l’odeur de celles que j’ai aimées”.
Arthur Symons repeats the bowdlerized version (as he had no access to the original edition): “As for women, I have always found the odour of my beloved ones exceeding pleasant.” It should actually read: “I have always found the odour of my beloved ones exceeding pleasant, and the stronger their transpiration, the more they seemed sweet to me.“
James Kirkup, FRSL (23 April 1918 – 10 May 2009) was a prolific English poet, translator and travel writer, best-known for his controversial poem , which describes a The Love that Dares to Speak its Name sexual fantasy of a homosexual soldier for the dead Christ.
( The Dead Christ 1582) by Annibale Carracci
is written from the viewpoint of a Roman centurion who is graphically described having sex with Jesus after his crucifixion, and also claims that Jesus had had sex with numerous disciples, guards, and even The Love that Dares to Speak its Name Pontius Pilate. Its title The Love that Dares to Speak its Name was taken from a line in the poem “ Two Loves” by Lord Alfred Douglas.
(c. Lamentation over the Dead Christ 1480) by Andrea Mantegna
Western art, the death of Christ and its depiction is usually known by the term lamentation of Christ and it is a very common subject in Christian art from the High Middle Ages to the Baroque. After Jesus was crucified, his body was removed from the cross and his friends and family mourned over his body. This event has been depicted by many different artists.
If you live in
Antwerp and are into Dutch lit, there is lovingly put together expo on Remco Campert (born 1929) at Antiquariaat Demian. The photo is a detail of the shop window this afternoon.