This is Verlaine’s birthplace in Metz, now a museum devoted to the writer.

Verlaine was alive when he heard the news that a street had been named after him in Nancy. he was happy about this but immediately grumbled that it didn’t help him to live.

There is also a Verlaine Garden in Nancy located on another road named after him, Rue Verlaine:

This is the Brussels site of the most infamous of his many dirty deeds:


He was tried in the Palace of Justice, convicted, and sentenced to two years in prison. 20 years later he was invited on a reading tour of Belgium, by Maeterlinck among others. One of the readings was in the Palace of Justice. Instead of his usual show he read from proofs of a forthcoming book My Prisons. He wept openly and the audience applauded wildly at his account of his Brussels experience.



About Niall McDevitt

Niall McDevitt > poet > author of b/w (Waterloo Press, 2010) and Porterloo (International Times, 2012) > urban explorer > radical pedestrian who leads Shakespeare/Blake/Rimbaud /Yeats walks, among others.
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