Armando, Ton Anbeek, Michaël Zeeman, Doris Mühringer, Stephan Sarek

De Nederlandse kunstschilder, beeldhouwer, dichter, schrijver, violist, acteur, journalist, film-, televisie- en theatermaker Armando werd geboren op 18 september 1929 in Amsterdam. Zie ook mijn blog van 18 september 2006.en ook mijn blog van 18 september 2009 en ook mijn blog van 18 september 2010.

 

Voorzichtig

Ze liepen voorzichtig,
en lieten het landschap binnenkomen,
ze merkten dat hun tred bewonderd werd.
Heel voorzichtig gingen ze door de deuren,
langs het lusteloze strand, bezichtigden de bomen,
ze dachten dat de struiken ontvlambaar waren
en de hemel onder handbereik.
Zie, ze houden zich voorzichtig vast.

 

Der Horizont, 2010

 

Vierkant

vierkant.
in rijen.

nummers vierkant.
volgorde.

hees vierkant.
getallen angst.

nummers tucht.
dood vierkant.
orde.

Armando (Amsterdam, 18 september 1929)

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Einar Már Gudmundsson, Jens Rehn, William March, Jayne-Ann Igel, Justinus Kerner

De IJslandse dichter en schrijver Einar Már Gudmundsson werd op 18 september 1954 geboren in Reykjavík. Zie ook mijn blog van 18 september 2010.

 

Homer, Singer of Tales

One rainy afternoon,

on a ship from a much-travelled dream,

Homer the singer of tales arrived in Reykjavík.

He walked from the quayside

and took a cab that drove him

along rain-grey streets

where sorry houses passed by.

At the crossroads Homer the singer of tales turned

to the driver and said:

‘How can it be imagined

that here in this rain-grey

monotony lives a nation of storytellers?’

‘That’s exactly why,’ answered the cab diver,

‘you never want to hear

a good tale as much as when the drops

beat on the windows.’

When the drops beat on the windows

and the fog gliding into the bay

covers mountain and ocean alike,

nothing worth the telling

except the slush on the streets,

no enchanting song,

no singing sun,

only footprints that vanish

like rain into the ocean,

into the void and the wind

that sings and blows…

Cloaked in grey

time passes along the streets,

the odd bird hovers

dreamlessly above the town,

the clouds’ veils of rain

tighten around the throat

and the dark of night pours

like a net over the world.

A man sails a boat out into the ocean,

there is a singing wave,

there is a sleeping house,

a sail wrung in a dream,

the world ripples

across a black sea

and the lights pass

like flames along the streets.

Vertaald door Bernard Scudder



Einar Már Gudmundsson (Reykjavík, 18 september 1954)

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Samuel Johnson, Omer Karel De Laey, Jan Mens, Tomás de Iriarte, Judite Maria de Carvalho

De Britse lexicograaf, dichter, essayist en criticusSamuel Johnson werd geboren in Lichfield op 18 september 1709. Zie ook mijn blog van 18 september 2008 en ookmijn blog van 18 september 2009 en ook mijn blog van 18 september 2010.

 

A Short Song of Congratulation

LONG-EXPECTED one and twenty

Ling’ring year at last has flown,

Pomp and pleasure, pride and plenty

Great Sir John, are all your own.

Loosen’d from the minor’s tether,

Free to mortgage or to sell,

Wild as wind, and light as feather

Bid the slaves of thrift farewell.

Call the Bettys, Kates, and Jenneys

Ev’ry name that laughs at care,

Lavish of your Grandsire’s guineas,

Show the spirit of an heir.

All that prey on vice and folly

Joy to see their quarry fly,

Here the gamester light and jolly

There the lender grave and sly.

Wealth, Sir John, was made to wander,

Let it wander as it will;

See the jocky, see the pander,

Bid them come, and take their fill.

When the bonny blade carouses,

Pockets full, and spirits high,

What are acres? What are houses?

Only dirt, or wet or dry.


If the Guardian or the Mother

Tell the woes of willful waste,

Scorn their counsel and their pother,

You can hang or drown at last.

 

Samuel Johnson (18 september 1709 – 13 december 1784)

Portret door Joshua Reynolds

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