Guns Don’t Kill People, Poets Do

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Verlaine bought the 7mm six-shooter in Brussels on the morning of 10 July 1873, determined to put an end to a torrid two-year affair with his teenage lover.

The gun Paul Verlaine used to wound fellow poet and lover, Arthur Rimbaud, is up for auction. The Guardian reports that the gun could sell for as much as 60,000 euros in a sale held by Christies.


David lives in central Ohio and works for a sports newspaper. He is a regular contributor to Nervous Breakdown and Andrei Codrescu's Exquisite Corpse. More from this author →