Lucille Clifton, Rafael Chirbes, E. J. Potgieter, Kees Ouwens, Dawud Wharnsby, Zsuzsanna Gahse

De Amerikaanse dichteres en schrijfster Lucille Clifton werd geboren in New York op 27 juni 1936. Zie ook alle tags voor Lucille Clifton op dit blog.

I Am Accused Of Tending To The Past

i am accused of tending to the past
as if i made it,
as if i sculpted it
with my own hands. i did not.
this past was waiting for me
when i came,
a monstrous unnamed baby,
and i with my mother’s itch
took it to breast
and named it
History.
she is more human now,
learning languages everyday,
remembering faces, names and dates.
when she is strong enough to travel
on her own, beware, she will.

 

Homage To My Hips

these hips are big hips.
they need space to
move around in.
they don’t fit into little
petty places. these hips
are free hips.
they don’t like to be held back.
these hips have never been enslaved,
they go where they want to go
they do what they want to do.
these hips are mighty hips.
these hips are magic hips.
i have known them
to put a spell on a man and
spin him like a top

 
Lucille Clifton (27 juni 1936 – 13 februari 2010)

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Catherine Cookson, Marcus Jensen, João Guimarães Rosa, Gaston Bachelard, James Woodforde, Helen Keller

De Engelse schrijfster Catherine Cookson (pseudoniem van Kate McMullen) werd geboren in Tyne Dock, County Durham op 27 juni 1906. Zie ook alle tags voor Catherine Cookson op dit blog.

Uit: Kate Hannigan’s Girl

“‘Well, don’t get so mad, you asked me to tell you. She said it wasn’t a real marriage because you are Catholics, and it was in a registry office, and the priest said that in the sight of God and all Catholics they are living in sin. That’s what she said.’
‘0h, she’s wicked…wicked, wicked! They are married. What else did she say?’ Annie demanded, her eyes wide.
‘She said…Oh, it doesn’t matter.’
‘It does! It does! What did she say?’ There was the urgency of self-torture in her voice; she knew quite well what Cathleen had said, but she must hear it aloud.
‘Well, it doesn’t matter two hoots to me, you know, but she said you hadn’t got a da either. She said Kate — your mother — had never been married.’
Annie had never ridden so hard in her life, and when she reached the gate to the wood the perspiration was running down her face. When Brian had attempted to ride with her she had pushed him so hard that he saved himself from falling only by dismounting, and she had pedalled away like a wild thing.
Inside the gate and out of sight of the road, she flung her cycle on to the grass and ran, stumbling and crying, along the path through the wood…Oh, Cathleen Davidson, you wicked, wicked thing! Oh, how could you tell Brian! That’s why some of the girls in the convent school had cut her. And everybody would know now. The nuns would know…Sister Ann…Sister Ann would know. Oh, Cathleen Davidson, I hate you! I don’t care if it is a sin, I do hate her. And Mam is married, she is!…”

 
Catherine Cookson (27 juni 1906 – 11 juni 1998)

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