“Lettering. Poetry. Inspiration. For no other reason!
Earlier this year I saw Color Moves: Art & Fashion by Sonia Delaunay at the Cooper Hewitt where I picked up a copy of â€śBlaise Cendrars Complete Poems.â€ť He and Sonia were friends and she created the abstract for his â€śThe Prose of the Trans-Siberian,â€ť included in the exhibit. It was a fold-out sheet six and a half feet tall, with multiple typefaces in color on the right and the as-yet unknown Soniaâ€™s pochoir abstraction on the left. Cendrars famously constructed myths of his biographical details. His given name wasnâ€™t Blaise Cendrars. It is true that he joins the French Foreign Legion (World War I) and survives attacks in May 1914 where 100,000 are lost in a month. A year later he loses his arm in another battle. After the war, he collaborates variously with Jean Cocteau, Guillame Apollinaire, Erik Satie, and Abel Gance (film), and writes a novel about General Sutter (â€śSutterâ€™s Goldâ€ť) in 1925. His poetry is fresh and inventive and worth exploring.”