Photos from the series “Rimbaud in New York 1978-9″, by David Wojnarowicz.

David Wojnarowicz and Arthur Rimbaud.

Two boys suffering untold abuses.
Connected through the messy  bloodstain of art,
a paper mask worn by so many.
Rimbaud was shot at by his lover, Verlaine.
Wojnarowicz was shot when the knock of the door
of a drag queen was confused with that of her lover.
Both were boys living on the street, abused by men.
poetics bled from them both.
Wojnarowicz, in homage to Rimbaud, resurrected the dead
boy poet, and brought him to New York.  Rimbaud,
the dead boy poet, for a moment, resurrected Wojnarowicz
“They is an other.”

Copyright 1978-1979 by the author. Web quality only. Photos available only for education purposes.
Questions for history professors/students:How does the past influence our present? How do we Interpret the past through our present. What is the idealised past?