Summer Solstice (Stacie Cassarino), Ed Leeflang, Thomas Blondeau, Adam Zagajewski

Dolce far niente


Soleil couchant door Pierre Bonnard, 1913


Summer Solstice

I wanted to see where beauty comes from
without you in the world, hauling my heart
across sixty acres of northeast meadow,
my pockets filling with flowers.
Then I remembered,
it’s you I miss in the brightness
and body of every living name:
rattlebox, yarrow, wild vetch.
You are the green wonder of June,
root and quasar, the thirst for salt.
When I finally understand that people fail
at love, what is left but cinquefoil, thistle,
the paper wings of the dragonfly
aeroplaning the soul with a sudden blue hilarity?
If I get the story right, desire is continuous,
equatorial. There is still so much
I want to know: what you believe
can never be removed from us,
what you dreamed on Walnut Street
in the unanswerable dark of your childhood,
learning pleasure on your own.
Tell me our story: are we impetuous,
are we kind to each other, do we surrender
to what the mind cannot think past?
Where is the evidence I will learn
to be good at loving?
The black dog orbits the horseshoe pond
for treefrogs in their plangent emergencies.
There are violet hills,
there is the covenant of duskbirds.
The moon comes over the mountain
like a big peach, and I want to tell you
what I couldn’t say the night we rushed
North, how I love the seriousness of your fingers
and the way you go into yourself,
calling my half-name like a secret.
I stand between taproot and treespire.
Here is the compass rose
to help me live through this.
Here are twelve ways of knowing
what blooms even in the blindness
of such longing. Yellow oxeye,
viper’s bugloss with its set of pink arms
pleading do not forget me.
We hunger for eloquence.
We measure the isopleths.
I am visiting my life with reckless plenitude.
The air is fragrant with tiny strawberries.
Fireflies turn on their electric wills:
an effulgence. Let me come back
whole, let me remember how to touch you
before it is too late.


Stacie Cassarino (Hartford, 15 februari 1975)

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Stanley Moss

De Amerikaanse dichter, uitgever en kunsthandelaar Stanley Moss werd geboren in Woodhaven, New York op 21 juni 1925. Hij werd opgeleid aan het Trinity College en Yale University. Zijn eerste dichtbundel “The Wrong Angel” verscheen in 1966. Hij is de auteur van vijf andere dichtbundels: “The Skull of Adam” (1979), “The Intelligence of Clouds” (1989), “Asleep in the Garden” (1997), “A History of Color’ (2003), “New & Selected Poems 2006” en “God Breaketh Not All Men’s Hearts Alike: New & Later Collected Poems” (2011). In 1977 richtte Moss Sheep Meadow Press op, een non-profit uitgeverij die poëzie en belles-lettres publiceert, met een speciale focus op internationale dichters in vertaling. Sheep Meadow Press heeft het werk van Yehuda Amichai, Peter Cole en vele andere beroemde dichters gepubliceerd. Moss verdient zijn brood als een privé-kunsthandelaar, grotendeels in Spaanse en Italiaanse oude meesters. Hij woont in Riverdale en Clinton Corners, New York.


Allegory of Evil in Italy

The Visconti put you on their flag: a snake
devouring a child, or are you throwing up a man
feet first? Some snakes hunt frogs, some freedom of will.
There’s good in you: a man can count years on your skin.
Generously, you mother and father a stolen boy,
to the chosen you offer your cake of figs.
A goiter on my neck, you lick my ear with lies,
yet I must listen, smile and kiss your cheek
or you may swallow the child completely. In Milan
there is a triptych, the throned Virgin in glory,
placed on the marble below, a dead naked man
and a giant dead frog of human scale on its back.
There’s hope! My eyes look into the top of my head
at the wreath of snakes that sometimes crowns me.


You and I

You are Jehovah, and I am a wanderer.
Who should have mercy on a wanderer
if not Jehovah? You create and I decay.
Who should have mercy on the decayed
if not the creator? You are the Judge
and I the guilty Who should have mercy
on the guilty if not the Judge? You are All
and I am a particle. Who should have mercy
on a particle if not the All?
You are the Living One and I am dead.
Who should have mercy on the dead if not
the Living One? You are the Painter and Potter
and I am clay. Who should have mercy on clay
if not the Painter and Potter? You are the Fire
and I am straw Who should have mercy on straw
if not the Fire? You are the Listener
and I am the reader. Who should have mercy
on the reader if not the Listener? You
are the Beginning and I am what follows.
Who should have mercy on what follows
if not the Beginning? You are the End and I am
what follows. Who should have mercy
on what follows if not the End?


Stanley Moss (Woodhaven, 21 juni 1925)

Georg-Buchner-Preis 2017 voor Jan Wagner


Georg-Buchner-Preis 2017 voor Jan Wagner

Aan de duitse dichter, schrijver en vertaler Jan Wagner is de Georg-Büchner-Preis 2017 toegekend, de belangrijkste literaire prijs in Duitsland. Jan Wagner werd geboren op 18 oktober 1971 in Hamburg. Zie ook alle tags voor Jan Wagner op dit blog.



wir trafen sie im wald auf einer lichtung:
zwei expeditionen durch die dämmerung
die sich stumm betrachteten. zwischen uns nervös
das telegraphensummen des stechmückenschwarms.

meine großmutter war berühmt für ihr rezept
der champignons farcis. sie schloß es in
ihr grab. alles was gut ist, sagte sie,
füllt man mit wenig mehr als mit sich selbst.

später in der küche hielten wir
die pilze ans ohr und drehten an den stielen –
wartend auf das leise knacken im innern,
suchend nach der richtigen kombination.



botanischer garten

dabei, die worte an dich abzuwägen –
die paare schweigend auf geharkten wegen,
die beete laubbedeckt, die bäume kahl,
der zäune blüten schmiedeeisern kühl,
das licht aristokratisch fahl wie wachs –
sah ich am hügel gläsern das gewächs-
haus, seine weißen rippen, fin de siècle,
und dachte prompt an jene walskelette,
für die man sich als kind den hals verdrehte
in den museen, an unsichtbaren drähten,
daß sie zu schweben schienen, aufgehängt,
an jene ungetüme, zugeschwemmt
aus urzeittiefen einem küstenstrich,
erstickt an ihrem eigenen gewicht.



gaststuben in der provinz

hinter dem tresen gegenüber der tür
das eingerahmte foto der fußballmannschaft:
lächelnde helden, die sich die rostenden nägel
im rücken ihrer trikots nicht anmerken lassen.


Jan Wagner (Hamburg, 18 oktober 1971)