Touché, Monsieur Muscles!
After my Rambo/Banksy post on Friday, reader Robert Shaffron emailed the above stenciled chicanery, photographed in San Francisco. Brilliant choice right? Complete opposites, yes? Non! Both were army men (Rimbaud enlisted in the Dutch Colonial army just so he could travel for free to Java—where he deserted.) Both have faced multiple gunshots (Rimbaud's lover Paul Verlaine shot at him twice, hitting him once in the wrist). The slender bisexual blue-eyed cutie-pie poet worked as a stone quarry foreman in Cyprus. And wordsmith Rambo's soulful lines include, "Hate? I'd die for it." Also? Rimbaud was maybe raped by French Communard soldiers. Rambo was almost certainly bamboo pole-raped by his North Vietnamese captors. Rimbaud facts from Wikipedia. (my tipster was not sure where he/she found this pic. If it's from your site, please email me the link so's I can credit. update: probably here, via defamer.) update: who are you more like? Rambo or Rimbaud? go vote!