Walt Whitman, Frank Goosen, Gabriel Barylli, Konstantin Paustovski

 

De Amerikaanse dichter Walt Whitman werd geboren op 31 mei 1819 in Westhills, Long Island, New York. Zie ook alle tags voor Whalt Whitman op dit blog.

 

 

A Leaf For Hand In Hand


A LEAF for hand in hand!
You natural persons old and young!
You on the Mississippi, and on all the branches and bayous of the
Mississippi!
You friendly boatmen and mechanics! You roughs!
You twain! And all processions moving along the streets!
I wish to infuse myself among you till I see it common for you to
walk hand in hand!

 

 

 

As Adam, Early In The Morning


AS Adam, early in the morning,
Walking forth from the bower, refresh’d with sleep;
Behold me where I pass–hear my voice–approach,
Touch me–touch the palm of your hand to my Body as I pass;
Be not afraid of my Body.

 

 

 

 

Uit: Calamus Poems

 

11.

When I heard at the close of the day how my name had been received with plaudits in the capitol, still it was not a happy night for me that followed;

And else, when I caroused, or when my plans were accomplished, still I was not happy;

But the day when I rose at dawn from the bed of perfect health, refreshed, singing, inhaling the ripe breath of autumn,

When I saw the full moon in the west grow pale and disappear in the morning light,

When I wandered alone over the beach, and, undressing, bathed, laughing with the cool waters, and saw the sun rise,

And when I thought how my dear friend, my lover, was on his way coming, O then I was happy;

O then each breath tasted sweeter — and all that day my food nourished me more — And the beautiful day passed well,

And the next came with equal joy — And with the next, at evening, came my friend;

And that night, while all was still, I heard the waters roll slowly continually up the shores,

I heard the hissing rustle of the liquid and sands, as directed to me, whispering, to congratulate me,

For the one I love most lay sleeping by me under the same cover in the cool night,

In the stillness, in the autumn moonbeams, his face was inclined toward me,

And his arm lay lightly around my breast — And that night I was happy.

 

 

 

Walt Whitman (31 mei 1819 – 26 maart 1893)

Hier met vriend Peter Doyle (rechts)

 

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Svetlana Alexievich

 

De Wit-Russische schrijfster en onderzoeksjournaliste Svetlana Alexandrovna Alexievich  werd geboren op 31 mei 1948 in Stanyslaviv (sinds 1962 Ivano – Frankivsk) Na haar schoolopleiding werkte ze als verslaggever in diverse lokale kranten, en vervolgens als correspondente voor het literaire tijdschrift “Neman” in Minsk. Zij maakte carrière in de journalistiek en door het schrijven van verhalen, gebaseerd op interviews met getuigen van de meest dramatische gebeurtenissen in het land zoals de Tweede Wereldoorlog,de Sovjet – Afghaanse oorlog, de val van de Sovjet- Unie en de ramp in Tsjernobyl. Na de vervolging door het Loekasjenko-regime  verliet zij Belarus in 2000. Gedurende de volgende tien jaar woonde ze in Parijs, Göteborg en Berlijn .In 2011 verhuisde Alexievich terug naar Minsk. Haar boeken worden beschreven als een literaire kroniek van de emotionele geschiedenis van de Sovjet -en post-Sovjet-mens. Haar meest opmerkelijke werken in Engelse vertalingen gaan over de oorlog in Afghanistan (The Boys of Zinc) en over de ramp in Tsjernobyl (Voices from Chernobyl. Haar eerste boek “Het onvrouwelijk gezicht van de oorlog” kwam uit in 1985. Het werd meerdere malen herdrukt en er werden meer dan twee miljoen exemplaren van verkocht. Deze roman is opgebouwd uit monologen van vrouwen in de oorlog die spreken over de aspecten van de Tweede Wereldoorlog die nooit eerder aan de orde kwamen. Een ander boek, “De laatste getuige: het Boek van onkinderlijke verhalen” beschrijft persoonlijke herinneringen van kinderen in oorlogstijd. In 1993 publiceerde ze “Betoverd door de dood”, een boek over geslaagde zelfmoorden en zelfmoordpogingen als gevolg van de ondergang van de Sovjet- Unie. Veel mensen voelden zich onlosmakelijk verbonden met de communistische ideologie en waren niet in staat om de nieuwe orde en de nieuw geïnterpreteerde geschiedenis te accepteren . Alexievich ’s boeken zijn gepubliceerd in vele landen, waaronder de VS, Duitsland, Groot-Brittannië, Japan, Zweden, Frankrijk, China, Vietnam, Bulgarije en India met een totaal van 19 landen in totaal. Ze heeft 21 scripts voor documentaires op haar naam en drie toneelstukken die werden opgevoerd in Frankrijk, Duitsland en Bulgarije.

 

Uit: Voices from Chernobyl

 

Lyudmilla Ignatenko Wife of deceased Fireman Vasily Ignatenko

We were newlyweds. We still walked around holding hands, even if we were just going to the store. I would say to him, “I love you.” But I didn’t know then how much. I had no idea . . . We lived in the dormitory of the fire station where he worked. I always knew what was happening—where he was, how he was.

One night I heard a noise. I looked out the window. He saw me. “Close the window and go back to sleep. There’s a fire at the reactor. I’ll be back soon.”

I didn’t see the explosion itself. Just the flames. Everything was radiant. The whole sky. A tall flame. And smoke. The heat was awful. And he still hadn’t come back.

They went off just as they were, in their shirtsleeves. No one told them. They had been called for a fire, that was it.

Seven o’clock in the morning. At seven I was told he was in the hospital. I ran over there‚ but the police had already encircled it, and they weren’t letting anyone through. Only ambulances. The policemen shouted: “The ambulances are radioactive‚ stay away!” I started looking for a friend, she was a doctor at that hospital. I grabbed her white coat when she came out of an ambulance. “Get me inside!” “I can’t. He’s bad. They all are.” I held onto her. “Just to see him!” “All right‚” she said. “Come with me. Just for fifteen or twenty minutes.”

I saw him. He was all swollen and puffed up. You could barely see his eyes.

“He needs milk. Lots of milk‚” my friend said. “They should drink at least three liters each.”

“But he doesn’t like milk.”

“He’ll drink it now.”

Many of the doctors and nurses in that hospital‚ and especially the orderlies‚ would get sick themselves and die. But we didn’t know that then.

At ten‚ the cameraman Shishenok died. He was the first.”

 

 


Svetlana Alexievich
(Stanyslaviv, 31 mei 1948)