By THEA LENARDUZZI
Poets can be business-minded and highly sociable. They can live long lives. Many people will deny it, but that’s nothing new. At Wednesday night’s Poet in the City event at King’s Place, N1, a gathering – which included Tim Matthews, Professor of French and Comparative Criticism at UCL, the poets Matthew Caley and George Szirtes, and Neil Astley, Editor of Bloodaxe Books – took as its premiss the “strange disappearance” of Arthur Rimbaud in 1879 and, a hundred years later, that of the British poet and novelist Rosemary Tonks. Both were descendants, more or less directly, of Charles Baudelaire, chronicling their urban spleen; then, they “vanished”. This was, our hosts told us, a “great literary whodunit” . . . .