Linda Bastide is a popular poet from the town of Narbonne. Her numerous books of poetry have been translated to a number of languages including, Spanish, Romanian, Italian and English. She is member of l’ Académie Française and Ambassador to République de Montmartre.
L’ Académie Française was officially established in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu and is the pre-eminent French Learned body on matters pertaining to the French language. The Académie consists of forty members who are known as immortels (immortals) and they elected by the Académie itself and serve for life.
République de Montmartre was founded in 1921 by the most famous artists in Montmartre and continues its charitable and cultural actions. Thanks to the voluntary commitment of its members, citizens, members of parliament, consuls, ambassadors and ministers, it works in aid of disadvantaged children and bringing together visual artists, writers and musicians. This beautiful and great institution ensures that the rebellious yet human spirit on which the legend of Montmartre is built is preserved, while remaining loyal to its motto: Rejoice in doing good!
She is soft spoken, warm and ready with a smile. Most of all, her poetry is a delight to the senses. It was a treat to see her in my village today and gave me an opportunity to obtain another one of her books and chat.
A selection from her latest book: 13 pas dans le sable / 13 steps in the sand …
Depuis longtemps je marche,
je vais où va le nuage,
je vais où est le soleil,
je veux garder le fil de l’ombre
dans le creux du chemin
bariolé de voyages, où, peut-être, tu es…
I walk for a long time,
I’m going where the cloud goes,
I’m going where the sun is
I want to keep track of the shadow,
in the hollow path
jumbled I travel, where, perhaps, you are…