Norbert Krapf, Jonathan van het Reve, Olga Grjasnowa, Astrid Lindgren, René de Clercq, P.J. O’Rourke, Jurga Ivanauskaitė, Peter Orner

De Amerikaanse dichter, schrijver en vertaler Norbert Krapf werd geboren op 14 november 1943 in Jasper, Indiana. Zie ook alle tags voor Norbert Krapf op dit blog.

The Campfire Poets

Coming down a back road,
I saw a campfire in the woods.

Tired, I wandered over,
slipped off my backpack,

looked down at a man and woman
whose eyes burned like coal.

He was fleshy, had a bushy gray beard;
she was petite, bursting with dark energy.

He said he was the poet of the body and soul
and all people; she said she wrote letters

to a world that never wrote back.
They moved a bit apart, he motioned

me to sit down between them,
and I knew I’d found eternity

off the side of a back road
in the hill country woods.

 

Emily Dickinson’s Song

Sing me a song, Emily,
I said, and she laid one
on me like I never heard.

At once I tumbled head
over heels into the dark
that was somewhere inside

and hit millions of worlds
I never knew existed
and my eyes went out

and then somewhere else
I woke up and saw
that I had come into

a searing light that
turned everything in view
into x-ray versions

of the objects that were
like shadows in a cave
where Plato lived.

Then I looked up
and Emily sat smiling
in her white dress.

 
Norbert Krapf (Jasper, 14 november 1943)

 

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