French Vogue: The Wind Beneath Our Wings

Despite all the stupid stuff that gets published in women's magazines, sometimes what's found on the printed page can be unexpectedly enjoyable. Just open the April issue of Vogue Paris, and check out the "Dans Le Vent" (in the wind) shoot by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Bright blue sky, fluttering dresses, sunshine! Inspiration! A breath of fresh air! Poetry in motion! It will take all of your will power not to drop everything and move to the Mediterranean to take modern dance. Some images from the shoot — paired with the poetry of Emily Dickinson (it just seemed like a good idea) — after the jump.

French Vogue: The Wind Beneath Our Wings

The wind tapped like a tired man,
And like a host, "Come in,"
I boldly answered; entered then
My residence within

A rapid, footless guest,
To offer whom a chair
Were as impossible as hand
A sofa to the air.

French Vogue: The Wind Beneath Our Wings

No bone had he to bind him,
His speech was like the push
Of numerous humming-birds at once

His countenance a billow,
His fingers, if he pass,
Let go a music, as of tunes
Blown tremulous in glass.

He visited, still flitting;
Then, like a timid man,
Again he tapped—'t was flurriedly—
And I became alone.

(From Nature)

French Vogue: The Wind Beneath Our Wings

Of all the sounds despatched abroad,
There's not a charge to me
Like that old measure in the boughs,
That phraseless melody

The wind does, working like a hand
Whose fingers brush the sky,
Then quiver down, with tufts of tune
Permitted gods and me.

French Vogue: The Wind Beneath Our Wings

When winds go round and round in bands,
And thrum upon the door,
And birds take places overhead,
To bear them orchestra,

I crave him grace, of summer boughs,
If such an outcast be,
He never heard that fleshless chant
Rise solemn in the tree,

As if some caravan of sound
On deserts, in the sky,
Had broken rank,
Then knit, and passed
In seamless company.

(From Nature)

French Vogue: The Wind Beneath Our Wings

The wind begun to rock the grass
With threatening tunes and low,—
He flung a menace at the earth,
A menace at the sky.

The leaves unhooked themselves from trees
And started all abroad;
The dust did scoop itself like hands
And throw away the road.

The wagons quickened on the streets,
The thunder hurried slow;
The lightning showed a yellow beak,
And then a livid claw.

The birds put up the bars to nests,
The cattle fled to barns;
There came one drop of giant rain,
And then, as if the hands

That held the dams had parted hold,
The waters wrecked the sky
But overlooked my father's house,
lust quartering a tree.

(The Wind Begun To Rock The Grass)

French Vogue: The Wind Beneath Our Wings

The daisy follows soft the sun,
And when his golden walk is done,
Sits shyly at his feet.
He, waking, finds the flower near.
"Wherefore, marauder, art thou here?"
"Because, sir, love is sweet!"

French Vogue: The Wind Beneath Our Wings


We are the flower, Thou the sun!
Forgive us, if as days decline,
We nearer steal to Thee, —
Enamoured of the parting west,
The peace, the flight, the amethyst,
Night's possibility!

(From Time And Eternity)


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