Kamarck, Edward (ed.) / Arts in society: the arts of activism
De Mandiargues, André Pieyre
Part I: Paris, May, 1968: rose for a revolution, pp. 333-334 PDF (2.4 MB)
A newspaper reads "BYE, BYE, BOBBY" and all about gun-crazed America. Late that night the cafe was cleared with police and tear gas on the outside. Stranded with the boring journalist, I took a napkin to wrap around my face and camped, "Can you imagine an American in this situation without a gun?" And then one evening before the delicate French moon trailed above the balconies of filigree dripping pools of silver and sky through black shadowed trees, Pam walked on bricks of childhood streets. The next day we lit a candle for Kennedy in Notre Dame in front of a statue with a serpent at its feet. June 1968 333 Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues (translated by M. Gibson) ROSE FOR A REVOLUTION "When the extraordinary happens daily then there is a revolution!" The splendor of these words of Fidel Castro That we have read from Havana The students and the people of Paris Have made it blossom again for joy Until the Lion of Deufert, with the grand Republic Is reconciled under the sun of May 13 Which opens and brightens A red rose so enormous That it re-covers France entirely We dedicate to it our great love But we keep in mind That the heart of the blazing eglantine Is inseperable from the Latin Quarter.