Marc Degens, Ted Hughes

De Duitse schrijver Marc Degens werd geboren op 18 augustus 1971 in Essen. Zie ook alle tags voor Marc Degens op dit blog.

Uit: Toronto

„Samstag, 2. August, Bonn/Toronto (Ontario)
Um 5 Uhr Wecker, um 6 Uhr zum Flughafen. Flug nach Amsterdam, dann hektischer Wechsel zum Flugzeug nach Toronto. Angenehmer, knapp siebeneinhalbstündiger Flug. Ich kann sogar ein bisschen schreiben und die SUKULTUR-Lagerliste aktualisieren. Mit dem Taxi in unsere Zwischenmietwohnung in der Stewart Street. Der Vermieter ist nett und die Wohnung okay. Zwei Riesenfernsehapparate, viele schöne, teure Möbel, insgesamt ist sie allerdings etwas unpraktisch eingerichtet, mit viel Schnickschnack und kaum Ablageflächen. Wegen der Basement-Lage ist die Wohnung zudem recht dunkel, etwas feucht und leicht muffig. Übermüdetes Auspacken, dabei verstreue ich eine halbe Packung Kaffee im Koffer. Anschließend kehren Alexandra und ich in ein japanisches Restaurant in der Spadina Avenue ein und ich bestelle eine viel zu scharfe Ramensuppe. Hinterher zurück in die Wohnung. Ein bisschen zappen und um kurz nach 21 Uhr Schlaf.

Sonntag, 3. August
Bis 6 Uhr geschlafen. Duschen, danach gemütliche Schreibtischarbeiten. Alexandra und ich suchen im Internet nach Wohnungsanzeigen und können für den Nachmittag gleich einen Besichtigungstermin ausmachen. Sehr gutes Essen in einem vegetarischen Diner, danach in den Supermarkt und zum Wohnungsbesichtigungstermin. Die Nachbarschaft und die angebotene Wohnung gefallen uns super. Auch das indische Vermieterpaar ist sympathisch und der Mann, Sohn eines Diplomaten, hat wie zuletzt wir eine Zeit lang in Bonn gelebt und spricht sogar ein bisschen Deutsch. Wir sind ganz euphorisiert, schlendern nach der Besichtigung durch die Nachbarschaft und besuchen einen Laden von No Frills, eine Art kanadischer Aldi mit breiten Gängen, hohen Regalen und palettenweise Waren.

Montag, 4. August
Um halb 7 aufgestanden. Frühstück und Entschluss, die gestern besichtigte Wohnung in der Keele Street in der Nähe vom High Park anzumieten. E-Mail an die Vermieter, dann Schreibtisch. Nachmittags in das Royal Ontario Museum. Um 18 Uhr wieder in der Stewart Street. Sid, der Vermieter, hat uns bereits geantwortet und den Mietvertrag geschickt. Jetzt haben wir nur noch das Problem, bis Mittwoch zur Vertragsunterzeichnung drei Monatsmieten in bar oder in Scheckform zu besorgen, obwohl wir noch kein kanadisches Konto besitzen. Ich laufe zum Geldautomaten und ziehe insgesamt 2.500 Dollar. Alles in 20-Dollar-Scheinen, insgesamt 125 Stück. Das Maximum, das wir mit unseren beiden Kreditkarten abheben können. Mein Portemonnaie ist so prall gefüllt, dass ich es nicht biegen kann.“

 

Marc Degens (Essen,  18 augustus 1971)

 

De Engelse dichter en schrijver Ted Hughes werd geboren op 17 augustus 1930 in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire. Zie ook alle tags voor Ted Hughes op dit blog.

 

Fulbright-studenten

Ik bekeek de foto
Niet al te minutieus, en vroeg me af
Wie van hen ik misschien zou ontmoeten.
Ik herinner mij dat ik dat dacht. Niet
Jouw gezicht. Ongetwijfeld peilde ik vooral
De meisjes. Misschien viel jij me op.
Misschien woog ik mijn kansen bij je af,
En verwierp ze als onwaarschijnlijk.
Registreerde je lange haar, losse golven –
Je Veronica Lake-pony. Niet wat het verborg.
Het zal wel blond zijn geweest. En je grijns.
Je overdreven Amerikaanse
Grijns voor de camera’s, de rechters, de vreemden, de bangmakers.

 

Vertaald door Frans Roumen

 

Ted Hughes (17 augustus 1930 – 28 oktober 1998) Met echtgenote Sylvia Plathin in 1956

 

Zie voor nog meer schrijvers van de 18e augustus ook mijn blog van 18 augustus 2018 en ook mijn blog van 18 augustus 2017 en ook mijn blog van 18 augustus 2016 en ook mijn blog van 18 augustus 2013 deel 1 en ook deel 2.

Ted Hughes

De Engelse dichter en schrijver Ted Hughes werd geboren op 17 augustus 1930 in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire. Zie ook alle tags voor Ted Hughes op dit blog.

Snowdrop

Now is the globe shrunk tight
Round the mouse’s dulled wintering heart.
Weasel and crow, as if moulded in brass,
Move through an outer darkness
Not in their right minds,
With the other deaths. She, too, pursues her ends,
Brutal as the stars of this month,
Her pale head heavy as metal.

 

The Martyrdom of Bishop Ferrar

Burned by Bloody Mary’s Men at Caermarthon
If I flinch from the pain of the burning, believe not the doctrine that I have preached.—His words at the stake.

Bloody Mary’s venomous flames can curl;
They can shrivel sinew and char bone
Of foot, ankle, knee and thigh, and boil
Bowels, and drop his heart a cinder down;
And her soldiers can cry, as they hurl
Logs in the red rush: “This is her sermon.”

The sullen-jowled watching Welsh townspeople
Hear him crack in the fire’s mouth: they see what
Black oozing twist of stuff bubbles the smell
That tars and retches their lungs: no pulpit
Of his ever held their eyes so still,
Never, as now his agony, his wit.

An ignorant means to establish ownership
Of his flock! Thus their shepherd she seized
And knotted him into this blazing shape
In their eyes, as if such could have cauterized
The trust they turned towards him, and branded on
Its stump her claim, to outlaw question.

So it might have been: seeing their exemplar
And teacher burned for his lessons to black bits,
Their silence might have disowned him to her,
And hung up what he had taught with their Welsh hats:
Who sees his blasphemous father struck by fire
From heaven, might well be heard to speak no oaths.

But the fire that struck here, come from Hell even,
Kindled little heavens in his words
As he fed his body to the flame alive.
Words which, before they will be dumbly spared,
Will burn their body and be tongued with fire
Make paltry folly of flesh and this world’s air.

When they saw what annuities of hours
And comfortable blood he burned to get
His words a bare honouring in their ears,
The shrewd townsfolk pocketed them hot:
Stamp was not current but they rang and shone
As good gold as any queen’s crown.

Gave all he had, and yet the bargain struck
To a merest farthing his whole agony,
His body’s cold-kept miserdom on shrieks
He gave uncounted, while out of his eyes,
Out of his mouth, fire like a glory broke,
And smoke burned his sermon into the skies.

 

Rood

Rood was jouw kleur.
Als het niet rood was, dan was het wit. Maar rood
Was wat je om je heen wikkelde.
Bloed-rood. Was het bloed?
Was het rood-oker, om de doden te verwarmen?
Hematiet om onsterfelijk te maken
De kostbare eerbiedwaardige beenderen, de familiebeenderen.

Toen je eindelijk je zin had
Was onze kamer rood. Een rechtszaal.
Een gesloten kist voor edelstenen. Het tapijt van bloed
Met een patroon van donkerte, stollingen.
De gordijnen – robijnrood corduroy bloed,
Pure bloeddruppels van plafond tot vloer.
De kussens hetzelfde. Hetzelfde
Ruwe karmijnrood op de vensterbank.
Een pulserende cel. Een Azteekse altaartempel.

Alleen de boekenplanken ontsnapten in witheid.

En buiten het raam
Papavers dun en kreukvrij
Zoals de huid op bloed,
Salvia, waarnaar je vader je heeft genoemd,
Als bloed dat uit een wond stroomt,
En rozen, de laatste druppels van het hartbloed
Catastrofaal, arterieel, verdoemd.

Je lange, wijde fluwelen rok, een bandage van bloed,
Een weelderige Bourgogne.
Je lippen, bevochtigd, diep karmozijnrood.

Je genoot van rood.
Ik voelde het rauw – als de scherpe gaasranden
Van een uitdrogende wond. Ik zou de open ader erin
kunnen aanraken, de korstige glans.

Alles wat je schilderde, schilderde je wit
Toen besprenkelde je het met rozen, verwoestte het
Leunde eroverheen, je druppelde rozen,
Huilde rozen, en nog meer rozen,
Dan, soms tussendoor, een klein blauw
vogeltje.

Blauw was beter voor jou. Blauw was vleugels.
Kingfisher blauwe zijde uit San Francisco
Omhulde je zwangerschap
Een strelende vuurproef
Blauw was je vriendelijke geest – geen demon
Maar geëlektrificeerd, een voogd, bedachtzaam.

in de rode put
Verborg je je voor het klinische wit van het bot.

Maar het juweel dat je verloor was blauw

 

Vertaald door Frans Roumen

 

Ted Hughes (17 augustus 1930 – 28 oktober 1998)

 

Zie voor nog meer schrijvers van de 17e augustus ook mijn blog van 17 augustus 2019 en ook mijn blog van 17 augustus 2016 en ook mijn blog van 17 augustus 2014 deel 2.

Dolce far niente, Mark Doty, Ted Hughes, V. S. Naipaul, Nis-Momme Stockmann, Deborah Feldman, Wim Hijmans

Dolce far niente

 

Intruder In The Gym Hall door Piotr Dudek, 2016  

 

At the Gym

This salt-stain spot
marks the place where men
lay down their heads,
back to the bench,

and hoist nothing
that need be lifted
but some burden they’ve chosen
this time: more reps,

more weight, the upward shove
of it leaving, collectively,
this sign of where we’ve been:
shroud-stain, negative

flashed onto the vinyl
where we push something
unyielding skyward,
gaining some power

at least over flesh,
which goads with desire,
and terrifies with frailty.
Who could say who’s

added his heat to the nimbus
of our intent, here where
we make ourselves:
something difficult

lifted, pressed or curled,
Power over beauty,
power over power!
Though there’s something more

tender, beneath our vanity,
our will to become objects
of desire: we sweat the mark
of our presence onto the cloth.

Here is some halo
the living made together.

Mark Doty (Maryville, 10 augustus 1953)
Maryville


De Engelse dichter en schrijver Ted Hughes werd geboren op 17 augustus 1930 in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire. Zie ook alle tags voor Ted Hughes op dit blog

The Jaguar

The apes yawn and adore their fleas in the sun.
The parrots shriek as if they were on fut, or strut
Like cheap tarts to attract the stroller with the nut.
Fatigued with indolence, tiger and lion

Lie still as the sun. The boa-constrictor’s coil Is a fossil.
Cage after cage seems empty, or
Stinks of sleepers from the breathing straw.
It might be painted on a nursery wall.

But who runs like the rest past these arrives
At a cage where the crowd stands, stares, mesmerized,
As a child at a dream, at a jaguar hurrying enraged
Through prison darkness after the drills of his eyes

 

Cat And Mouse

On the sheep-cropped summit, under hot sun,
The mouse crouched, staring out the chance It dared not take.
Time and a world
Too old to alter, the five mile prospect—
Woods, villages, farms—hummed its heat-heavy
Stupor of life.
Whether to two
Feet or four, how are prayers contracted!
Whether in God’s eye or the eye of a cat.

 

To Paint A Waterlily

A green level of lily leaves
Roofs the pond’s chamber and paves

The flies’ furious arena: study
These, the two minds of this lady.

First observe the air’s dragonfly
That eats meat, that,bullets by

Or stands in space to take aim;
Others as dangerous comb the hum

Under the trees. There are battle-shouts
And death-cries everywhere hereabouts
But inaudible, so the eyes praise
To see the colors of these flies

Ted Hughes (17 augustus 1930 – 28 oktober 1998)


De Britse schrijver Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul werd geboren op 17 augustus 1932 in Chaguanas, Trinidad en Tobago. Zie ook alle tags voor V. S. Naipaul op dit blog. V. S. Naupaul stierf op 11 augustus jongstleden op 85-jarige leeftijd.

Uit: A Bend In the River

” It is true.’
He was born in Trinidad in 1932, but Port of Spain and the Caribbean would never become home: the fastidious and ambitious young man found his extended Indian family unbearable. ‘I had to get away,’ he says. So he arrived in England a triple exile: from India, from Trinidad, and from his flesh and blood. ‘It was a pretty awful childhood,’ he remembers. ‘The Trinidad side was nice, but the family I was born into … terrible, terrible. It was very large, with too many people. There was no beauty. It was full of malice. No thought, no beauty. These are things that mattered a lot to me, even when I was young.’
Then there was the unresolved business of his literary ambition. Naipaul has never made any secret of the fact that, from the age of 11, ‘the wish came to me to be a writer’, a wish that was soon ‘a settled ambition’, even if, as he now says, it was also ‘a kind of sham’. In books and writing, he could master the chaos of his inheritance, soothe the raucous interruptions of the familial past – and find an identity.
But here was another obstacle in the writer’s path to himself. ‘I wished to be a writer,’ he remarks in one of his essays. ‘But together with the wish there had come the knowledge that the literature that had given me the wish came from another world, far away from our own.’ Naipaul somehow had to find his voice in English, and to find it in an idiom that did not mimic the imperial masters or compromise his authenticity. Summarising his 50-year search for literary truth, he has expressed it as ‘disorder within, disorder without’.
The English books of his school, the best years of his childhood, he says, offered the powerful fantasy of a remote and mysterious world, Dickens’s London or Wordsworth’s Lakeland, for example. But to a thoughtful and sensitive young man, for whom literature was a salvation, English both worked and did not work. ‘I couldn’t understand the settings,’ he says. Dickens’s ‘rain’ was never a tropical downpour, his ‘snow’ was unimaginable, and how could Naipaul relate to daffodils he had never seen?
For the ‘fraudulent’ Indian, uniquely sensitive to his place in the world, the jux-taposition of a full-blown imperial English culture with the ‘formless, unmade society’ of a small Caribbean island was only a source of panic and uncertainty, especially if it was your deepest ambition to use this language to write about, and make sense of, the world in which you were growing up. ‘I might adapt Dickens to Trinidad,’ Naipaul has written, ‘but it seemed impossible that the life I knew in Trinidad could be turned into a book.’

V. S. Naipaul (17 augustus 1932 – 11 augustus 2018)


De Duitse schrijver en theatermaker Nis-Momme Stockmann werd geboren op 17 augustus 1981 in Wyk auf Föhr.Zie ook alle tags voor Nis-Momme Stockmann op dit blog.

Uit: Der Fuchs

«Du hast eine Notfallkiste … mit einer waffenscheinpflichtigen Waffe auf dem Dach … aber kein … Wasser?» «Wasser», wiederholte Dogge, als sei das Wort ein sumerisches Rätsel, und lud die Flinte.
Jütte setzte sich, ernst und dunkel funkelnd, auf die andere
Seite des Daches und schaute in Richtung Sonne. So viel Licht.
Eine Millionen Lumen. Eine Milliarde, Trilliarde Lumen. Eine Welt aus Wasser und Licht. Nur hinter dem Schornstein war ein blasser Schatten, um den sich ein paar erschöpfte Krähen stritten. Ich hatte Krämpfe in den Augenlidern. Saurer Schweiß lief mir von der Stirn. Als das Licht langsam rot wurde, wusste ich zuerst nicht, ob mir die Augen bluteten oder es tatsächlich endlich Abend war. Ist das eine Sonne oder eine glühende Zigarre, die uns ein boshafter Gott aus Langeweile an die Stirn drückte, während er uns beim Schmelzen zusah? Ich hatte das Gefühl, wir wären schon ewig auf dem Dach. Aber nein, es waren ja nur wenige Stunden. Hatten wir einen Tag übersprungen? Über den Untiefen des Hochwassers zogen graue Wolken in eigenartigen Formationen auf – irgendeine Kraft ließ sie schwer hin und her taumeln, wie ein betrunkener Mann. Tonnen von Insektenleibern – Millionen ihre Auferstehung feiernde Mücken, Käfer, Motten. Ich stellte mir vor, was Dogge wohl unternehmen würde mit seiner Schrotflinte, wenn die jetzt gesammelt auf uns zufliegen würden. Als hätte er meinen Gedanken gehört, stieß er einen besoffenen Kampfschrei aus und schoss in die Luft. «Danke, Dogge, und herzlichen Glückwunsch», sagte Jütte, «zehn Jahre Konzerte ohne Hörschutz haben’s nicht geschafft, dafür musste nur mal ein Vollidiot, mit dem ich auf einem Dach festsitze, grundlos eine Waffe abfeuern.» Dogge verbeugte sich. «Dieser Scheiß ist gefährlich!»
Ein Kind weinte in der Ferne. Etwa 200 Meter von uns und noch weiter von den meisten anderen Häusern entfernt entdeckten wir es in der Krone eines schrägstehenden Baums. Absolut unerreichbar. Dogge war hin über. Schielte schon. Und sah mindestens 15 Jahre älter aus, als er war (was bei seinen 33 Jahren wirklich eine erstaunliche Verfallsleistung im Zusammenspiel von Sonne und Alkohol bedeutete). Er hatte noch einen Flachmann in seiner Jackeninnentasche, aus dem er ständig kleine Schlucke nahm. Aber das bemerkten wir erst viel zu spät. Er feuerte noch einmal. Dahinten traf er mit einem müden Puff ins Wasser, nicht mehr, als würde man in ein Kissen schlagen. «Baumann!», schrie Jütte.
Vorne, wo Frau Garres vor ihrem Schlaganfall gewohnt hatte, schoss er eine schöne, ebenförmige Tonsur in einen Baum, und 20 Meter vor uns und zu unserer großen Überraschung, denn die Schrotflinte machte etwa untertassengroße Schleifen vor seinem Gesicht, traf er einen Hund, exakt in die Flanke. Er ging sofort, nachdem ihm der Hinterleib explodiert war, ohne Jaulen oder irgendwas, unter, so plötzlich und lautlos, dass ich unweigerlich lachen musste – «Vorm Ertrinken gerettet», sagte Dogge sehr ernst.“

Nis-Momme Stockmann (Wyk, 17 augustus 1981)


De Amerikaanse schrijfster Deborah Feldman werd geboren op 17 augustus 1986 in de chassidische gemeenschap van Satmar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. Zie ook alle tags voor Deborah Feldman op dit blog.

Uit: Unorthodox

“Í avoided the gaze of passersby, terrified of running into a suspicious neigh-bor. What if someone asked me what I was carrying? I skirted young boys careening by on shabby bicycles and teenagers pushing their younger siblings in squeaky-wheeled prams. Everyone was outside on this balmy spring day, and the last half block seemed to take forever. At home I rushed to hide the book under my mattress, pushing it all the way in just in case. I smoothed the sheets and blankets and draped the bedspread so that it hung to the floor. I sat down at the edge of the bed and felt guilt wash over me so suddenly that the strength of it kept me pinned there. I wanted to forget that this day had ever happened. All through Shabbos the book burned beneath my mattress, alternately chastising me and beckoning to me. I ignored the call; it was too dangerous, there were too many people around. What would Zeidy say if he knew? Even Bubby would be horrified, I knew. Sunday stretches ahead of me like an unopened krepela, a soft, doughy day encapsulating a secret filling. All I have to do is help Bubby with the cooking, then I will have the rest of the afternoon free to spend as I please. Bubby and Zeidy have been invited to a cousin’s bar mitzvah today, which means I will have at least three hours of uninterrupted pri-vacy. There is still a slab of chocolate cake in the freezer that I’m sure Bubby, with her spotty memory, won’t miss. Could this afternoon get any better? After Zeidy’s heavy footfalls fade down the stairs, and I watch from my second-floor bedroom window as my grandparents get into the taxi, I slide the book out from under the mattress and place it reverently on my desk. The pages are made of waxy, translucent paper, and they are each packed with text: the original words of the Talmud as well as the English translation, and the rabbinical discourse that fills up the bottom half of each page. I like the discussions best, records of the conversations the ancient rabbis held about each holy phrase in the Talmud. On the sixty-fifth page the rabbis are arguing about King David and his ill-gotten wife Bathsheba, a mysterious biblical tale about which I’ve always been curious. From the fragments mentioned, it appears that Bathsheba was already married when David laid his eyes upon her, but he was so attracted to her that he deliberately sent her husband, Uriah, to the front lines so that he would be killed in war, leaving Bathsheba free to remarry. Afterward, when David had finally taken poor Bathsheba as his lawful wife, he looked into her eyes and saw in the mirror of her pupils the face of his own sin and was repulsed. After that, David refused to see Bathsheba again, and she lived the rest of her life in the king’s harem, ignored and forgotten. I now see why I’m not allowed to read the Talmud. My teachers have always told me, “David had no sins. David was a saint. It is forbidden to cast aspersions on God’s beloved son and anointed leader.”

Deborah Feldman (New York, 17 augustus 1986)


De Nederlandse dichter en journalist Wim Hijmans werd geboren in Groningen op 27 augustus 1926. Zie ook alle tags voor Wim Hijmans op dit blog.

Uit: Het algemeen belang en de televisie

‘Zo dient… het verlangen van het bedrijfsleven naar het toelaten van het element reclame in de televisie door de overheid ook slechts op gronden, aan het algemeen belang ontleend, te worden beoordeeld.’
Staatssecretarissen Scholten en Veldkamp in de Nota inzake Reclametelevisie.
Het debat over de vraag, of Nederland in de toekomst reclameboodschappen moet toelaten in de televisie, is al jaren gaande. Het is door het verschijnen van de Nota inzake Reclametelevisie op 22 februari van dit jaar in een nieuw, een officiëler stadium gekomen, en het is daarom wellicht dienstig, bij onze kanttekeningen over dit onderwerp allereerst een korte analyse te geven van de posities, waarin de deelnemers aan de discussie zich op het ogenblik der verschijning bevonden.
De Nederlandse omroep heeft zich, van zijn prilste (radio-)tijd af, bewogen in een emotionele sfeer. De omroepverenigingen dienden zich sekte-gewijs aan; van een nationale radio-omroep was geen sprake, ook al omdat hij eenvoudigweg niet paste in de politiek der vooroorlogse regeringen, die zich hielden aan een variant op Thorbecke: dat cultuur (en daaronder behoort men de omroep te rangschikken) geen overheidstaak is. De eenheid, die de oorlog de Nederlanders scheen te geven, bleek àl te tijdelijk: pogingen om Radio Nederland in Overgangstijd om te zetten in een permanente nationale omroep, mislukten jammerlijk. Men mag dat betreuren – maar de feiten waren zo, toen de televisie in 1951 uit de sfeer van het industriële experiment (Philips) in die van het officiële werd gebracht. De omroepverenigingen, uitgaande van de simpele veronderstelling dat ether en ether hetzelfde is, claimden en kregen het televisie-monopolie. Ook dat mag men achteraf betreuren als een beschikking, die meer door gemakzucht dan door kennis van zaken werd ingegeven – maar ook hier heeft men te maken met een feit.”

Wim Hijmans (17 augustus 1926 – 1980)
Groningen


Dolce far niente, Gerard den Brabander, Ted Hughes, V. S. Naipaul, Nis-Momme Stockmann, Jonathan Franzen, María Elena Cruz Varela, Jan Emmens, Hendrik de Vries

Dolce far niente

 


Waterlooplein vanaf de Amstel door Bob Buys, 1946

 

Waterlooplein

Al wat er mijn gevoelens zijn
Ligt op dit ordeloze plein
te koop als rommel en oud roest,
als oud fornuis, finaal verwoest.
Maar, als ik weer beginnen moest,
zou ik opnieuw een dichter zijn,
maar niet meer met zo’n trotse mond,
meer een hyena of een hond…
Het volk, als ik het goed bekijk,
ligt aan mijn voeten als burger-lijk.

 


Gerard den Brabander (3 juli 1900 – 4 februari 1968)
De markt in Den Haag, de geboorteplaats van Gerard den Brabander

 

De Engelse dichter en schrijver Ted Hughes werd geboren op 17 augustus 1930 in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire. Zie ook alle tags voor Ted Hughes op dit blog.

After Lorca

The clock says “When will it be morning?”
The sun says “Noon hurt me.”
The river cries with its mouthful of mud
And the sea moves every way without moving.

Out of my ear grew a reed
Never touched by mouth.
Paper yellows, even without flame,
But in words carbon has already become diamond.

A supple river of mirrors I run on
Where great shadows rise to the glance,
Flowing all forward and bringing
The world through my reflection.

A voice like a ghost that is not
Rustle that dead in passage
Leaving the living chilled,
Wipe clear the pure glass of stone.

Wipe clear the pure stone of flesh.

 

The Ancient Heroes and the Bomber Pilot

With nothing to brag about but the size of their hearts,
Tearing boar-flesh and swilling ale,
A fermenting of huge-chested braggarts.

Got nowhere by sitting still
To hear some timorous poet enlarge heroisms,
To suffer their veins stiffle and swell —

Soon, far easier, imagination all flames,
In the white orbit of a sword,
Their chariot-wheels tumbling the necks of screams,

In a glory of hair and beard,
They thinned down their fat fulsome blood in war,
Replenish both bed and board,

Making their own good news, restuffing their dear
Fame with fresh sacks-full of heads,
Roaring, burdened, back over the wet moor.

When archaeologists dig their remainder out —
Bits of bone, rust —
The grandeur of their wars humbles my thought.

Even though I can boast
The enemy capital will jump to a fume
At a turn of my wrist

And the huge earth be shaken in its frame —
I am pale.
When I imagine one of those warriors in the room

And hear his heart-beat burl
The centuries are a stopped clock; my heart
Is cold and small.

 

Theology

“No, the serpent did not
Seduce Eve to the apple.
All that’s simply
Corruption of the facts.

Adam ate the apple.
Eve ate Adam.
The serpent ate Eve.
This is the dark intestine.

The serpent, meanwhile,
Sleeps his meal off in Paradise —
Smiling to hear
God’s querulous calling.”

 
Ted Hughes (17 augustus 1930 – 28 oktober 1998)
Hier met dochter Frieda en zoon Nicholas, ca. 1965

 

De Britse schrijver Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul werd geboren op 17 augustus 1932 in Chaguanas, Trinidad en Tobago. Zie ook alle tags voor V. S. Naipaul op dit blog. V. S. Naupaul stierf op 11 augustus jongstleden op 85-jarige leeftijd.

Uit: A Bend In the River

“I had done a little acting at the university — that had begun with a walk-on part in a little film somebody had made about a boy and girl walking in a park. I fell in with the remnants of that group in London and began to do a certain amount of acting. Not in any important way. London is full of little theatrical groups. They write their own plays, and they get grants from firms and local councils here and there. A lot of them live on the dole. Sometimes I played English parts, but usually they wrote parts for me, so that as an actor I found myself being the kind of person I didn’t want to be in real life. I played an Indian doctor visiting a dying working-class mother; I did another Indian doctor who had been charged with rape; I was a bus conductor no one wanted to work with. And so on. Once I did Romeo. Another time there was an idea of rewriting The Merchant of Venice as The Mahndi Banker, so that I could play Shylock. But it became too complicated. `It was a Bohemian life, and it was attractive at first. Then it became depressing. People dropped out and took jobs and you understood that they had had pretty solid connections all along. That was always a let-down, and there were times during those two years when I felt lost and had to fight hard to hold on to that mood that had come to me beside the river. Among all those nice people I was the only real drop-out. And I didn’t want to be a drop-out at all. I’m not running these people down. They did what they could to make room for me, and that is more than any outsider can say for us. It’s a difference in civilization. `I was taken one Sunday to lunch at the house of a friend of a friend. There was nothing Bohemian about the house or the lunch, and I discovered that I had been invited for the sake of one of the other guests. He was an American and he was interested in Africa. He spoke about Africa in an unusual way. He spoke of Africa as though Africa was a sick child and he was the parent. I later became very close to this man, but at that lunch he irritated me and I was rough with him. This was because I had never met that kind of person before. He had all this money to spend on Africa, and he desperately wanted to do the right thing. I suppose the idea of all that money going to waste made me unhappy. But he also had the simplest big-power ideas about the regeneration of Africa. `I told him that Africa wasn’t going to be saved or won by promoting the poems of Yevtushenko or by telling the people about the wickedness of the Berlin Wall. He didn’t look too surprised. He wanted to hear more, and I realized I had been invited to the lunch to say the things I had been saying. And it was there that I began to understand that everything which I had thought had made me powerless in the world had also made me of value, and that to the American I was of interest precisely because I was what I was, a man without a side.”


V. S. Naipaul (17 augustus 1932 – 11 augustus 2018)

 

De Duitse schrijver en theatermaker Nis-Momme Stockmann werd geboren op 17 augustus 1981 in Wyk auf Föhr.Zie ook alle tags voor Nis-Momme Stockmann op dit blog

Uit: Der Fuchs

„Ich sah die Menschen auf den anderen Dächern in der Ferne fast unbeweglich verharren. Als hätten sie sich für ein präten­tiöses Kunstprojekt mit dem Titel «Unbegreiflich» für einen extrem gut ausgestatteten chinesischen Fotokünstler aufge­stellt. So standen wir, für einander nur Strichmännchen in der Ferne, alle zusammen auf unseren sauberen, stabilen Dächern.
– Gerettet und verloren zugleich –
Ich dachte an Katja (aber um sie machte ich mir keine Sorgen), ich dachte an Diego, an meinen Vater und am stärksten – was mich überraschte – an meinen Bruder. Ob er es wohl geschafft hatte? Reini hätte heute Morgen mit den paritätischen Werkstätten Kartoffeln ernten sollen. Er und die anderen Jungs «mit hohem Unterstützungsbedarf». Aber eigentlich war ich mir sicher, dass er okay war: Das Heim war das höchste Haus im Ort, und das Einzige, was Reini wirklich ausgezeichnet konnte, war schwimmen. Ich stellte mir vor, wie er prustend lange Bahnen zwischen den Häusern schwamm und den Leuten auf den Dächern sein käsiges «Reini grüüüßt» zurief.
Das Bier aus Dogges Notfallkiste war schon fast leer. Jütte kochte uns Dosenravioli auf einem kleinen blauen Gaskocher. Dogge zog seine riesigen Stiefel aus und hängte seine schwarzen Füße ins Wasser.
«Warum hast du eine Notfallkiste auf dem Dach?», fragte Jütte.
«War doch klar», sagte er mit träger Zunge.
«Was?»
«Das Ganze.»
Er griff in die Kiste und holte ein in einen erstaunlich soliden selbstgenähten Schoner eingeschlagenes Gewehr hervor.
«Du hast eine Waffe in der Kiste!?», fragte Jütte empört.
«Jep», sagte Dogge.
«Was willst du denn mit einer Waffe, verdammte Axt!»
«Schießen», sagte er, «und bei Gelegenheit angeben.»
«Ich glaub es nicht: eine Waffe, er hat eine Waffe auf dem Dach!»
Sie ging zur Kiste und wühlte eine Weile darin herum.“


Nis-Momme Stockmann (Wyk, 17 augustus 1981)

 

De Amerikaanse schrijver en essayist Jonathan Franzen werd geboren op 17 augustus 1959 in Western Springs, Illinois. Zie ook alle tags voor Jonathan Franzen op dit blog.

Uit: Purity

“Renewable Solutions didn’t make or build or even install things. Instead, depending on the regulatory weather (not climate but weather, for it changed seasonally and sometimes seemingly hourly), it “bundled,” it “brokered,” it “captured,” it “surveyed,” it “client-provided.” In theory, this was all very worthy. America put too much carbon into the atmosphere, renewable energy could help with that, federal and state governments were forever devising new tax inducements, the utilities were indifferent-to-moderately-enthusiastic about greening their image, a gratifyingly non-negligible percentage of California households and businesses were willing to pay a premium for cleaner electricity, and this premium, multiplied by many thousands and added to the money flowing from Washington and Sacramento, minus the money that went to the companies that actually made or installed stuff, was enough to pay fifteen salaries at Renewable Solutions and placate its venture-capitalist backers. The buzzwords at the company were also good: collective, community, cooperative. And Pip wanted to do good, if only for lack of better ambitions. From her mother she’d learned the importance of leading a morally purposeful life, and from college she’d learned to feel worried and guilty about the country’s unsustainable consumption patterns. Her problem at Renewable Solutions was that she could never quite figure out what she was selling, even when she was finding people to buy it, and no sooner had she finally begun to figure it out than she was asked to sell something else.
At first, and in hindsight least confusingly, she’d sold power-purchase agreements to small and midsize businesses, until a new state regulation put an end to the outrageous little cut that Renewable Solutions took of those. Then it was signing up households in potential renewable energy districts; each household earned Renewable Solutions a bounty paid by some shadowy third party or parties that had created an allegedly lucrative futures market.”

 
Jonathan Franzen (Western Springs, 17 augustus 1959)

 

De Cubaanse dichteres María Elena Cruz Varela werd op 17 augustus 1953 geboren in Colón. Zie ook alle tags voor María Elena Cruz Varela op dit blog.

Gedicht van de slingeraar

Ik slinger stenen tegen het dove oor.
Het veranderlijke oor. Van beide werelden.
Dit is de eenzaamheid met haar geknetter.
Ik geef signalen naast de geduldige dwaas die op de heuvel ligt en met de arme gek die haar zorgen oplapt op een bank in het park.
Door de afgepeigerde vingers. Van de gebroken weefster. Druppelen de flarden.
De eindkroniek van de verlatenheid.
Ik zeg haar dat zij op me moet wachten.
Dit is niet het moment om te sterven in de verlepte schaduw van de populieren.
Ik slinger stenen tegen het dove oor.
Het bloedende oor. Van deze wereld.
Deze bolle wereld die zijn rug toekeert.
De plattegronden om uit het labyrint te ontsnappen, zijn weggeraakt.
Ik slinger stenen: ik ben de gekke vrouw in het park.
Ik ben de aftandse dwaas die op de heuvel ligt.
Ik ben het fatale lied voor Eleanor Rigby.
En ik ben de bloemlezing van allen die eenzaam sterven. Zonder door de tunnel te gaan.
Ik blijf stenen slingeren. Ik ben moe en ga door.
De gekke vrouw toont schaamteloos de tandenloze grijns van haar walging.
Zij draait haar tas binnenste buiten. Zij strooit stuk voor stuk haar handvol vergeten dingen uit.
Ik zeg haar dat zij op me moet wachten:
Dit is niet het moment om te sterven in de verlepte schaduw van de populieren.
Ik verdraag deze vrede als bij een drenkplaats niet. Noch de ronde schuld die aan de appelboom hangt.
Noch de pijl die op mijn hoofd wordt gericht.
Ik slinger stenen. Misschien vinden ze weerklank.
Misschien worden ze opgeslokt door de bodem.

 

Vertaald door Marjolein Sabarte


María Elena Cruz Varela (Colón, 17 augustus 1953)

 

De Nederlandse dichter en kunsthistoricus Jan Ameling Emmens werd geboren in Rotterdam op 17 augustus 1924. Zie ook alle tags voor Jan Emmens op dit blog.

Vogel

De bomen kregen een betekenis
die zij nog zacht gebarend wilden weren,
maar ’t noodlot was niet meer te keren;
een vogel streek klapwiekend in de wildernis
van takken neer en nu hij roerloos zit
(het licht wordt zo benauwend wit),
denk ik aan dood, verrotte geur van blaren,
hetzelfde zijn op steeds dezelfde plaats…
Hoe komt wie vliegt ooit tot bedaren,
en wie niet vliegt ooit van zijn plaats?

 

Voor de kade

Voor de kade wisselt een wolk meeuwen
als strooibiljetten op een sterke wind
van aanblik als ’t verloop van eeuwen.
Het is windstil. De wind is een klein kind
dat met geluidjes brood staat uit te strooien.

Zijn tijd aan denken of aan doen vergooien
verschilt niet veel, ’t is stenen toch voor brood.

Word liever kind: twee beentjes en wat rood;
het doet soms eeuwen inderhaast ontdooien.

 
Jan Emmens (17 augustus 1924 – 12 december 1971)
Jan Emmens in 1947, getekend door Acket

 

De Nederlandse dichter en schilder Hendrik de Vries werd geboren in Groningen op 17 augustus 1896. Zie ook alle tags voor Hendrik de Vries op dit blog.

Zonsopgang

Augustustulpen geuren. ’t Hemelruim is heet.
De pleinen openen plaveisels, wit en breed,
Met kroon-gebouwen.
In de kamersfeer, door lampen
Verweeld’rigd, krampt een pauweveer.
Fonteinen dampen.
De stralen waaieren en sneeuwen. Treinen razen.
Verwijderd aarzelt meeuwgekrijsch.
De strakke wazen
Der vleugeldeuren spiegelen verkeersgedrangen.

De schal der wereldstad, van zonnekoorts bevangen,
Verhevigt om het hart. Op zerk- en asphalt-vlakken
Verfellen reeksen glas. De nevelen verzwakken.

De vijvers breken door ’t kastanjepark als linten.
De lanen ademen ’t geluk der hyacinten.

 

Lief en vriendelijk toch van zon en maan

Lief en vriendelijk toch van zon en maan,
Overal met ons mee te gaan,
En dat bij deze winterkou;

Heel die lange lange stille laan
En zooveel sterren er achteraan!
Wij blijven staan – zij blijven staan.

Daar vallen vlinders, wit en blauw.
Waar komen die vandaan?

 
Hendrik de Vries (17 augustus 1896 – 18 november 1989)
Standbeeld door Norman Burkett naast de Martinikerk in Groningen

 

Zie voor nog meer schrijvers van de 17e augustus ook mijn blog van 17 augustus 2016 en ook mijn blog van 17 augustus 2014 deel 2.

Dolce far niente, Simon Vestdijk, Ted Hughes, V. S. Naipaul, Nis-Momme Stockmann, Jonathan Franzen, Jan Emmens

Dolce far niente

 

 
Prins Hendrikkade te Amsterdam door Willem Witsen, 1891

 

Amsterdam

Gevoegd tot wallen steen, en krom verdronken,
Staan de kantoren in hun lang plantsoen.
Te lang, te smal… Op bruggeranden ronken
Tramwagens dwars door ’t stoffig dubbelgroen.

Nog stroomt een rest van ’t kruislingsch labyrinth
Waar men ’t verleden moeizaam in kan halen
Als spook’ge achterstevens, vluchtend bint
Van schepen die de reeders lieten dwalen.

Maar in die duizeldun vertakte haven
Zijn zelfs de geesten zoo misteekend, dat
Het laatste toplicht, wezenloos hoogdravend,
Zweeft als een lichtreclame op de binnenstad.

 

 
Simon Vestdijk (17 oktober 1898 – 23 maart 1971)
Harlingen, Zuiderhaven. Simon Vestdijk werd in Harlingen geboren.

Doorgaan met het lezen van “Dolce far niente, Simon Vestdijk, Ted Hughes, V. S. Naipaul, Nis-Momme Stockmann, Jonathan Franzen, Jan Emmens”

Ted Hughes, V. S. Naipaul, Nis-Momme Stockmann, Jonathan Franzen, Herta Müller, Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, Roger Peyrefitte, Hendrik de Vries

De Engelse dichter en schrijver Ted Hughes werd geboren op 17 augustus 1930 in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire. Zie ook mijn blog van 17 augustus 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Ted Hughes op dit blog.

Bride and Groom Lie Hidden for Three Days

She gives him his eyes, she found them
Among some rubble, among some beetles

He gives her her skin
He just seemed to pull it down out of the air and lay it over her
She weeps with fearfulness and astonishment

She has found his hands for him, and fitted them freshly at the wrists
They are amazed at themselves, they go feeling all over her

He has assembled her spine, he cleaned each piece carefully
And sets them in perfect order
A superhuman puzzle but he is inspired
She leans back twisting this way and that, using it and laughing
Incredulous

Now she has brought his feet, she is connecting them
So that his whole body lights up

And he has fashioned her new hips
With all fittings complete and with newly wound coils, all shiningly oiled
He is polishing every part, he himself can hardly believe it

They keep taking each other to the sun, they find they can easily
To test each new thing at each new step

And now she smoothes over him the plates of his skull
So that the joints are invisible

And now he connects her throat, her breasts and the pit of her stomach
With a single wire

She gives him his teeth, tying the the roots to the centrepin of his body

He sets the little circlets on her fingertips

She stiches his body here and there with steely purple silk

He oils the delicate cogs of her mouth

She inlays with deep cut scrolls the nape of his neck

He sinks into place the inside of her thighs

So, gasping with joy, with cries of wonderment
Like two gods of mud
Sprawling in the dirt, but with infinite care
They bring each other to perfection.

 
Ted Hughes (17 augustus 1930 – 28 oktober 1998)
Ted Hughes en Sylvia Plath op hun huwelijksreis in 1956

Doorgaan met het lezen van “Ted Hughes, V. S. Naipaul, Nis-Momme Stockmann, Jonathan Franzen, Herta Müller, Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, Roger Peyrefitte, Hendrik de Vries”

V. S. Naipaul, Jonathan Franzen, Ted Hughes, Herta Müller, Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, Roger Peyrefitte, Hendrik de Vries

De Britse schrijver Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul werd geboren op 17 augustus 1932 in Chaguanas, Trinidad en Tobago. Zie ook alle tags voor V. S. Naipaul op dit blog en ook mijn blog van 17 augustus 2010.

Uit: Miguel Street

“Being a child, I never wondered how Bogart came by any money. I assumed that grown-ups had money as a matter of course. Popo had a wife who worked at a variety of jobs; and ended up by becoming the friend of many men. I could never think of Bogart as having mother or father; and he never brought a woman to his little room. This little room of his was called the servant-room but no servant to the people in the main house ever lived there. It was just an architectural convention.
It is still something of a miracle to me that Bogart managed to make friends. Yet he did make many friends; he was at one time quite the most popular man in the street. I used to see him squatting on the pavement with all the big men of the street. And while Hat or Edward or Eddoes was talking, Bogart would just look down and draw rings with his fingers on the pavement. He never laughed audibly. He never told a story. Yet whenever there was a fete or something like that, everybody would say, ‘We must have Bogart. He smart like hell, that man.’ In a way he gave them great solace and comfort, I suppose.
And so every morning, as I told you, Hat would shout, very loudly, ‘What happening there, Bogart?’
And he would wait for the indeterminate grumble which was Bogart saying, ‘What happening there, Hat?’
But one morning, when Hat shouted, there was no reply. Something which had appeared unalterable was missing.
Bogart had vanished; had left us without a word.
The men in the street were silent and sorrowful for two whole days. They assembled in Bogart’s little room. Hat lifted up the deck of cards that lay on Bogart’s table and dropped two or three cards at a time reflectively.
Hat said, ‘You think he gone Venezuela?’
But no one knew. Bogart told them so little.
And the next morning Hat got up and lit a cigarette and went to his back verandah and was on the point of shouting, when he remembered. He milked the cows earlier than usual that morning, and the cows didn’t like it.
A month passed; then another month. Bogart didn’t return.”

 
V. S. Naipaul (Chaganuas, 17 augustus 1932)

Doorgaan met het lezen van “V. S. Naipaul, Jonathan Franzen, Ted Hughes, Herta Müller, Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, Roger Peyrefitte, Hendrik de Vries”

V. S. Naipaul, Jonathan Franzen, Ted Hughes, Theodor Däubler, Herta Müller, Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, Roger Peyrefitte

De Britse schrijver Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul werd geboren op 17 augustus 1932 in Chaguanas, Trinidad en Tobago. Zie ook alle tags voor V. S. Naipaul op dit blog en ook mijn blog van 17 augustus 2010.

Uit: A Bend In the River

“At certain times in some civilizations great leaders can bring out the manhood in the people they lead.  It is different with slaves.  Don’t blame the leaders.  It is just part of the dreadfulness of the situation.  It is better to withdraw from the whole business, if you can.  And I could.  You may say — and I know, Salim, that you have thought it — that I have turned my back on my community and sold out.  I day: ‘Sold out to what and from what? What do you have to offer me? What is your own contribution?  And can you give me back my manhood?’ Anyway, that was what I decided that morning, beside the river of London, between the dolphins and the camels, the work of some dead artist who had been adding to the beauty of their city.
“That was five years ago.  I often wonder what would have happened to me if I hadn’t made that decision.  I suppose I would have sunk.  I suppose I would have found some kind of hole and tried to hide or pass.  After all, we make ourselves according to the ideas we have of our possibilities.  I would have hidden in my hole and been crippled by my sentimentality, doing what I doing, and doing it well, but always looking for the wailing wall.  And I would never have seen the world as the rich place that it is.  You wouldn’t have seen me here in Africa , doing what I do.  I wouldn’t have wanted to do it, and no one would have wanted me to do it.  I would have said: ‘It’s all over for me, so why should I let myself be used by anybody? The Americans want to win the world.  It’s their fight, not mine.’ And that would have been stupid.  It is stupid to talk of the Americans.  They are not a tribe, as you might think from the outside.  They’re all individuals fighting to make their way, trying as hard as you or me not to sink.
“It wasn’t easy after I left the university.  I still had to get a job, and the only thing I knew now was what I didn’t want to do.  I didn’t want to exchange one prison for another.  People like me have to make their own jobs.  It isn’t something that’s going to come to you in a brown envelope. The job is there, waiting.  But it doesn’t exist for you or anyone else until you discover it, and you discover it because it’s for you and you alone.”

 
V. S. Naipaul (Chaganuas, 17 augustus 1932)

Doorgaan met het lezen van “V. S. Naipaul, Jonathan Franzen, Ted Hughes, Theodor Däubler, Herta Müller, Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, Roger Peyrefitte”

Jonathan Franzen, Ted Hughes, V. S. Naipaul, Theodor Däubler, Herta Müller, Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, Roger Peyrefitte

De Amerikaanse schrijver en essayist Jonathan Franzen werd geboren op 17 augustus 1959 in Western Springs, Illinois. Zie ook alle tags voor Jonathan Franzen op dit blog.

 

Uit: Freedom

 

“The news about Walter Berglund wasn’t picked up locally-he and Patty had moved away to Washington two years earlier and meant nothing to St. Paul now-but the urban gentry of Ramsey Hill were not so loyal to their city as not to read the New York Times. According to a long and very unflattering story in the Times, Walter had made quite a mess of his professional life out there in the nation’s capital. His old neighbors had some difficulty reconciling the quotes about him in the Times (“arrogant,” “high-handed,” “ethically compromised”) with the generous, smiling, red-faced 3M employee they remembered pedaling his commuter bicycle up Summit Avenue in February snow; it seemed strange that Walter, who was greener than Greenpeace and whose own roots were rural, should be in trouble now for conniving with the coal industry and mistreating country people. Then again, there had always been something not quite right about the Berglunds.

Walter and Patty were the young pioneers of Ramsey Hill – the first college grads to buy a house on Barrier Street since the old heart of St. Paul had fallen on hard times three decades earlier. They paid nothing for their Victorian and then killed themselves for ten years renovating it. Early on, some very determined person torched their garage and twice broke into their car before they got the garage rebuilt.

Sunburned bikers descended on the vacant lot across the alley to drink Schlitz and grill knockwurst and rev engines at small hours until Patty went outside in sweatclothes and said, “Hey, you guys, you know what?” Patty frightened nobody, but she’d been a standout athlete in high school and college and possessed a jock sort of fearlessness. From her first day in the neighborhood, she was helplessly conspicuous. Tall, ponytailed, absurdly young, pushing a stroller past stripped cars and broken beer bottles and barfedupon old snow, she might have been carrying all the hours of her day in the string bags that hung from her stroller. Behind her you could see the baby-encumbered preparations for a morning of baby-encumbered errands; ahead of her, an afternoon of public radio, the Silver Palate Cookbook, cloth diapers, drywall compound, and latex paint; and then Goodnight Moon, then zinfandel. She was already fully the thing that was just starting to happen to the rest of the street.”

 

 

 

Jonathan Franzen (Western Springs, 17 augustus 1959)

Time Cover, augustus 2010

Doorgaan met het lezen van “Jonathan Franzen, Ted Hughes, V. S. Naipaul, Theodor Däubler, Herta Müller, Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, Roger Peyrefitte”

Ted Hughes, Theodor Däubler, Fredrika Bremer, Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, Roger Peyrefitte, Nicola Kraus, Robert Sabatier, Anton Delvig, Jozef Wittlin

De Amerikaanse dichter en schrijver Ted Hughes werd geboren op 17 augustus 1930 in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire. Zie ook mijn blog van 17 augustus 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Ted Hughes op dit blog.

 

 

The Harvest Moon

The flame-red moon, the harvest moon,
Rolls along the hills, gently bouncing,
A vast balloon,
Till it takes off, and sinks upward
To lie on the bottom of the sky, like a gold doubloon.
The harvest moon has come,
Booming softly through heaven, like a bassoon.
And the earth replies all night, like a deep drum.

So people can’t sleep,
So they go out where elms and oak trees keep
A kneeling vigil, in a religious hush.
The harvest moon has come!

And all the moonlit cows and all the sheep
Stare up at her petrified, while she swells
Filling heaven, as if red hot, and sailing
Closer and closer like the end of the world.

Till the gold fields of stiff wheat
Cry `We are ripe, reap us!’ and the rivers
Sweat from the melting hills.

 

 

Work and Play

The swallow of summer, she toils all the summer,
A blue-dark knot of glittering voltage,
A whiplash swimmer, a fish of the air.
But the serpent of cars that crawls through the dust
In shimmering exhaust
Searching to slake
Its fever in ocean
Will play and be idle or else it will bust.

The swallow of summer, the barbed harpoon,
She flings from the furnace, a rainbow of purples,
Dips her glow in the pond and is perfect.
But the serpent of cars that collapsed on the beach
Disgorges its organs
A scamper of colours
Which roll like tomatoes
Nude as tomatoes
With sand in their creases
To cringe in the sparkle of rollers and screech.

The swallow of summer, the seamstress of summer,
She scissors the blue into shapes and she sews it,
She draws a long thread and she knots it at the corners.
But the holiday people
Are laid out like wounded
Flat as in ovens
Roasting and basting
With faces of torment as space burns them blue
Their heads are transistors
Their teeth grit on sand grains
Their lost kids are squalling
While man-eating flies
Jab electric shock needles but what can they do?

They can climb in their cars with raw bodies, raw faces
And start up the serpent
And headache it homeward
A car full of squabbles
And sobbing and stickiness
With sand in their crannies
Inhaling petroleum
That pours from the foxgloves
While the evening swallow
The swallow of summer, cartwheeling through crimson,
Touches the honey-slow river and turning
Returns to the hand stretched from under the eaves –
A boomerang of rejoicing shadow.

 

 

Ted Hughes (17 augustus 1930 – 28 oktober 1998)

Doorgaan met het lezen van “Ted Hughes, Theodor Däubler, Fredrika Bremer, Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, Roger Peyrefitte, Nicola Kraus, Robert Sabatier, Anton Delvig, Jozef Wittlin”