Absence | Carlos Drummond de Andrade, 1902 - 1987


Carlos Drummond de Andrade 


I used to consider absence a lack. 
And I ignorantly regretted that lack. 
Today I have nothing to regret. 
There is no lack in absence. 

Absence is a presence in me. 
And I feel it, a perfect whiteness, 
so close and cozy in my arms that I 
laugh, dance, and invent glad exclamations, 
since absence, this embodied absence, 
can’t be taken away from me.


Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Absence
tr. Mark Strand

Hot Air Balloon | Alberto Santos-Dumont / H. G. Wells / William Wordsworth / Ray Davies / Nadar

Müller & Kadeder, Tin-Carousel Airship, hand-painted 


"There's something in a flying horse, 
There's something in a huge balloon."

William Wordsworth 


"To propel a dirigible balloon through the air is 
like pushing a candle through a brick wall."

Alberto Santos-Dumont


Hot Air Balloon Toy


"Man can go up against gravitation in a balloon, 
and why should he not hope that ultimately he 
may be able to stop or accelerate his drift along 
the Time-Dimension, or even turn about and 
travel the other way."

H. G. Wells


"We're out of control on this loony balloon, 
barely missing the other planets and stars."

Ray Davies


"We have had bird's-eye views seen by mind's eye 
imperfectly. Now we will have nothing less than 
the tracings of nature itself, reflected on the plate."

Nadar




Flick Review < Gloria Mundi | Nikos Papatakis, 1976



Gloria Mundi, 1976 
Written and directed by Nikos Papatakis
Cinematography by Yves Lafaye / Jean-Paul Pradier / Frédéric Variot
Editing by Jean-Claude Bonfanti 
Music:  Bernard Parmegiani, Tassos Chalkias
Stars: Olga Karlatos, Roland Bertin, Philippe Adrien 


Nikos Papatakis, Gloria Mundi, 1976
Olga Karlatos and Nikos Papatakis on the set of Gloria Mundi, 1976 


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