E. E. Cummings, Péter Nádas, Katha Pollitt, Daniël Rovers, Katherine Mansfield, Margarete Susman, Stefan Żeromski

De Amerikaanse dichter en schrijver Edward Estlin Cummings werd geboren in Cambridge, Massachusetts op 14 oktober 1894. Zie ook mijn blog van 14 oktober 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor E. E. Cummings op dit blog.


In The Rain-

in the rain-
darkness,     the sunset
being sheathed i sit and
think of you

the holy
city which is your face
your little cheeks the streets
of smiles

your eyes half-
half-angel and your drowsy
lips where float flowers of kiss

there is the sweet shy pirouette
your hair
and then

your dancesong
soul.     rarely-beloved
a single star is
uttered,and i

       of you



I Like My Body When It Is With Your

i like my body when it is with your
body. It is so quite new a thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.
i like your body.  i like what it does,
i like its hows.  i like to feel the spine
of your body and its bones,and the trembling
-firm-smooth ness and which i will
again and again and again
kiss, i like kissing this and that of you,
i like, slowly stroking the,shocking fuzz
of your electric furr,and what-is-it comes
over parting flesh….And eyes big love-crumbs,

and possibly i like the thrill

of under me you so quite new



It Is Funny, You Will Be Dead Some Day

it is funny, you will be dead some day.
By you the mouth hair eyes,and i mean
the unique and nervously obscene

need;it’s funny.  They will all be dead

knead of lustfulhunched deeplytoplay
lips and stare the gross fuzzy-pash
—dead—and the dark gold delicately smash….
grass,and the stars,of my shoulder in stead.

It is a funny,thing.  And you will be

and i and all the days and nights that matter
knocked by sun moon jabbed jerked with ecstasy
….tremble (not knowing how much better

than me will you like the rain’s face and

the rich improbable hands of the Wind)


E. E. Cummings (14 oktober 1894 – 3 september 1962)

Zelfportret, 1958

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Maarten van der Graaff


De Nederlandse dichter en schrijver Maarten van der Graaff werd geboren op 14 oktober 1987 in Dirksland. Hij studeerde religiewetenschappen aan de Universiteit Utrecht en publiceerde poëzie en proza in onder andere De Revisor, nY, De Brakke Hond, DWB en Het Liegend Konijn. Van der Graaff staat op verschillende podia in Nederland en België en is redacteur en medeoprichter van het online literair tijdschrift “Samplekanon”. Hij debuteerde met de bundel “Vluchtautogedichten” bij uitgeverij Atlas Contact.



Deze zacht
toegeschroeide kras
is een kanaal.

De wil tot vooruitgang een
Hunebed, bestand tegen de terreur
van smeekbedes.

Uit het landgraf aan het kanaal
klauteren kinderen die moeten worden

Zo staat de wind.

Niets is eenvoudiger dan inzicht
in dit geval te verkrijgen.

Niets gemakkelijker dan met alle
nagels in de zwerfstenen wil
geslagen te wachten,

op de volle tiet
van de slaap.



Maarten van der Graaff (Dirksland, 14 oktober 1987)

Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels 2013 voor Svetlana Alexievich

Aan de Wit-Russische schrijfster en onderzoeksjournaliste Svetlana Alexandrovna Alexievich  werd gisteren in de Frankfurter Paulskerk de Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels uitgereikt. Zie ook alle tags voor Svetlana Alexievich op dit blog.


Uit: Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War


“I never want to write another word about the war, I told myself. Long after I’d finished “War is not a Woman”, a book about World War II, I could still be upset by the sight of a child with a nosebleed.

Out in the country I couldn’t bear to watch the fishermen cheerfully throwing their catch on to the sandy riverbank. Those fish, dragged up from the depts of God knows where, with their glassy, bulging eyes, made me want to vomit. I dare say we all have our pain threshold – physical as well as psychological. Well, I’d reached mine. The screech of a cat run over by a car, eventhe sight of a squa

shed worm, could make me feel I was going mad. I felt that animals, birds, fish, every living thing had a right to a life of its own. And then all of a sudden, if you can call it suddenfor the war had been going on for seven years…

One day we gave a lift to a young girl. She’d been to Minsk todo some food shopping for her mother. She had a big bag with chicken heads sticking out, I remember, and a shopping-net full of bread, which we put in the boot.

Her mother was waiting for her in the village. Or rather, standing at her garden gate, wailing.

‘Mama!’ The little girl ran up to her.

‘Oh, my baby. We’ve had a letter. Our Andrey in Afghanistan.

Ohhh… They’re sending him home, like they did Ivan Fedorinov. A little child needs a little grave, isn’t that what they say? But my Andrei was as big as an oak and over six foot. “Be proud of me Mum, I’m in the Paras now,” he wrote to us. Oh, why? .

Why? Can anyone tell me? Why? ”Each substance of agrief hath twenty shadoms.’ (Richard II) Then, last year, something else happened.

I was in the half-empty waitingroom of a bus station. An officer was sitting there with a suitcase, and next to him there was as kinny boy who you could tell from his shaved head was a soldier.

The young soldier was digging in a plant pot (a dryold ficus, Iremember it was) with an ordinary kitchen fork. A couple of simple country women went and sat next to them and, out ofsheer curiosity, asked where they were going, and why, who were they? It turned out the officer was escorting the soldier home.“


Svetlana Alexievich(Stanyslaviv, 31 mei 1948)