I sit at my door, smoking a cigarette and sipping my absinthe, and I enjoy every day without a care in the world.
- Paul Gaugin, 1897
In the east of France, in the Jura region you find the small town of Pontarlier. That was where the Ffrench absinthe production started way back in the early 1800's. The Pernod Fils distillery opened their plant there in 1805, which grew to become one of the regions most important companies, providing many jobs. It also became one of the most successful companies in the history of France. Many other towns became known for their absinthe distilleries and some yet again have production of absinthe going. In the town of Pontarlier there is also the annual absinthe festival - the Absinthiades.
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Many writers "of old" wrote poems or passages about absinthe. Some drank it, some didn't. Find some of them here as well as reviews and notes on modern books about absinthe.
The Absinthe Poetry section has seen several updates the past days. Poems and information about more authors; Antonin Artaud, Arthur Symons, Francis Saltus Saltus, Florence Folsom and Robert Loveman. Open your mind and have a drink while you enjoy their lyrics.
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