Ann Scott, Dieter Wellershoff, Hanns Heinz Ewers, William Cullen Bryant, Laura Accerboni

De Franse schrijfster Ann Scott (pseudoniem) werd geboren op 3 november 1965 in Boulogne-Billancourt. Zie ook alle tags voor Ann Scott op dit blog.

Uit: Cortex

“D’après ses calculs, il ne se trouve plus qu’à quelques centaines de mètres du dernier barrage de sécurité. Aux deux précédents il a donné chaque fois la même excuse : « Mon hôtel est dans ce périmètre, voilà la clé de ma chambre, mon smoking n’a pas de rapport avec la cérémonie, je rentre d’une fête qui a duré toute la nuit », et les deux fois les flics n’ont pas eu de mal à le croire tant il empeste l’alcool. Pénétrer dans cette zone sécurisée n’était pas nécessaire à ce qu’il vient accomplir ici mais le spectacle valait la prise de risque : d’un point de vue purement jubilatoire, cette artère désertée où se succèdent tous ces théâtres et restaurants et magasins fermés lui fait l’effet de traverser la ville fantôme d’I Am Legend où les mutants tapis dans la pénombre des portes cochères attendent que le soleil se couche pour sortir dévorer les survivants ; et d’un point de vue strictement factuel, Hollywood Boulevard débarrassé de ses touristes laisse place à une coquille vide, ce qu’est cette ville pour lui, ce contre quoi il lutte et vient lutter une fois encore. C’est à ça que sa vie se mesure, au déluge de pensées qui l’assaillent dès le réveil, au flot d’allégories qui jaillissent de son cerveau à la moindre bribe d’image ou de conversation qu’il capte et s’efforce de contenir en notant tout ce qu’il peut où qu’il se trouve. Les poches de ses vestes sont bourrées de bouts de papier couverts de taches de graisse et de traces de verres qui font baver son écriture microscopique que lui seul est capable de relire, et c’est à ça que sa vie se résume, à cette brillance qu’il sécrète malgré lui, à la Red Bull qui le maintient éveillé le jour et au bourbon qui l’aide à s’oublier la nuit parce qu’être autant complexé que décomplexé le détruit. Les trois flics qui discutent derrière la barrière décroisent les bras en le voyant approcher. Les deux plus jeunes portent discrètement la main à la crosse de leur arme tandis que le troisième, moustachu grisonnant proche de la soixantaine avec des cheveux en brosse et des yeux bleus très délavés, contourne tranquillement la barrière en lui demandant où il croit aller comme ça. Burt sort son carton d’invitation qu’il tend avec sa pièce d’identité. Le policier y jette un oeil sans les prendre, et Burt entreprend d’expliquer qu’il serait reconnaissant qu’on le laisse entrer par ce côté, qu’il voudrait éviter la remontée entière du tapis rouge parce qu’il est claustrophobe et risquerait de faire un malaise devant les caméras. “

 
Ann Scott (Boulogne-Billancourt, 3 november 1965)

 

De Duitse schrijver en essayist Dieter Wellershoff werd geboren op 3 november 1925 in Neuss. Dieter Wellershoff overleed op 15 juni jongstleden op 92-jarige leeftijd. Zie ook alle tags voor Dieter Wellershoff op dit blog.

Uit: Der Ernstfall

“Damals, heute. Warum wieder zurückblicken nach fast einem halben Jahrhundert? Was suchte ich? Was erwartete ich zu finden, als ich mich Ende März 1994 auf den Weg nach Bad Reichenhall machte, wo ich den Kriegswinter 1944/45 im Lazarett verbracht hatte? Meine chronisch erkrankten Nasennebenhöhlen zu kurieren, war das praktische Ziel meiner Reise. Doch zugleich und vielleicht sogar vor allem war es für mich eine Reise in die Vergangenheit.
Der von mir gewählte Kurort sei »gut für die Atemwege«, hatte der Angestellte der Krankenkasse gesagt. Ich wusste es, denn ich hatte mit meinem Arzt darüber gesprochen und das Bäderhandbuch studiert. Aber als der Angestellte es noch einmal sagte, so beiläufig, wie man etwas Bekanntes bestätigt, kam die Erinnerung aus dem Körper zurück. Es war wie ein innerer Luftzug. Die Erinnerung an einen tiefen Atemzug.
Sanitäter hatten mich auf einer Bahre aus dem Lazarettzug getragen und in der langen Reihe der Verwundeten auf dem Bahnsteig abgestellt. Und bevor ich von anderen Trägern wieder hochgehoben und zu einem der wartenden Sanitätsautos gebracht wurde, wandte ich den Kopf und sah zum ersten Mal in meinem Leben die verschneiten Alpen. Das war für mich so unerwartet und wunderbar, als seien sie eben aus dem Boden gewachsen, ein mächtiger Schutzwall, hinter dem ich in Sicherheit war. Klare Winterluft, gierig eingesogen, füllte meine Lungen und durchströmte mich mit einem Gefühl von Zuversicht.
Ich war vor zehn Tagen neunzehn Jahre alt geworden und hatte bisher immer in flachen Landschaften gelebt: am Niederrhein, wo ich aufgewachsen, in Holland, Berlin und der Mark Brandenburg, wo ich militärisch ausgebildet worden war, und zuletzt in Litauen und Ostpreußen an der Front, von wo ich im weiten Umweg über Polen und Schlesien gekommen war, verwundet durch einen Granatsplitter, doch inzwischen operiert und wieder transportfähig und zur weiteren Genesung hierher verfrachtet, denn die oberschlesischen Lazarette mussten geräumt werden für die neuen Massenlieferungen verwundeter und verstümmelter Menschen, die dort Tag für Tag von der näher gerückten Ostfront eintrafen.”

 
Dieter Wellershoff (3 november 1925 – 15 juni 2018)

 

De Duitse schrijver, filmmaker en cabaretier Hanns Heinz Ewers werd geboren op 3 november 1871 in Düsseldorf. Zie ook alle tags voor Hanns Heinz Ewers op dit blog.

Uit: The Spider (Vertaald door Joe Bandel)

“The lover struggled in vain, reaching his weak legs out again and again in an effort to escape this wild embrace. His beloved would not let him go. In a few minutes she spun a cocoon around him so tightly that he couldn’t move a single limb. Then she sank her sharp pinchers into his body and sucked in full pulls the young blood of her beloved. I saw then how she finally cut loose the miserable, unrecognizable lump, legs, skin and thread and contemptuously threw it out of the net. That is how love is with these creatures. I’m glad I’m not a boy spider.

Monday 14 March

I don’t even look at my books any more. I just spend my days at the window. When it gets dark I still sit there. She is not there, but I close my eyes and then I see her. Hmm, this journal has really become something much different than what I thought it would be. It tells of Mrs. Dubonnet and the commissioner, of spiders and of Clarimonde. But there is not one syllable about the discovery I wanted to make. What can I write instead?

Tuesday 15 March

We have discovered an unusual game, Clarimonde and I. We play it all day long. I greet her, immediately she greets me back. Then I drum with my hand against the windowpane. She scarcely sees it before she begins drumming as well. I nod to her, she nods back. I move my lips as if I’m speaking to her and she does the same. Then I stroke the hair back on my temples and her hand is on her forehead as well.”

 
Hanns Heinz Ewers (3 november 1871 – 12 juni 1943)

 

De Amerikaanse dichter, journalist en jurist William Cullen Bryant werd geboren op 3 november 1794 in Cummington, Massachusetts. Zie ook alle tags voor William Cullen Bryant op dit blog.

My Autumn Walk

On woodlands ruddy with autumn
The amber sunshine lies;
I look on the beauty round me,
And tears come into my eyes.

For the wind that sweeps the meadows
Blows out of the far Southwest,
Where our gallant men are fighting,
And the gallant dead are at rest.

The golden-rod is leaning,
And the purple aster waves,
In a breeze from the land of battles,
A breath from the land of graves.

Full fast the leaves are dropping
Before that wandering breath;
As fast, on the field of battle,
Our brethren fall in death.

Beautiful over my pathway
The forest spoils are shed;
They are spotting the grassy hillocks
With purple and gold and red.

Beautiful is the death-sleep
Of those who bravely fight
In their country’s holy quarrel,
And perish for the Right.

But who shall comfort the living,
The light of whose homes is gone:
The bride that, early widowed,
Lives broken-hearted on;

The matron whose sons are lying
In graves on a distant shore;
The maiden, whose promised husband
Comes back from the war no more?

I look on the peaceful dwellings
Whose windows glimmer in sight,
With croft and garden and orchard,
That bask in the mellow light;

And I know that, when our couriers
With news of victory come,
They will bring a bitter message
Of hopeless grief to some.

Again I turn to the woodlands,
And shudder as I see
The mock-grape’s blood-red banner
Hung out on the cedar-tree;

And I think of days of slaughter,
And the night-sky red with flames,
On the Chattahoochee’s meadows,
And the wasted banks of the James.

Oh, for the fresh spring-season,
When the groves are in their prime,
And far away in the future
Is the frosty autumn-time!

Oh, for that better season,
When the pride of the foe shall yield,
And the hosts of God and Freedom
March back from the well-won field;

And the matron shall clasp her first-born
With tears of joy and pride;
And the scarred and war-worn lover
Shall claim his promised bride!

The leaves are swept from the branches;
But the living buds are there,
With folded flower and foliage,
To sprout in a kinder air.

 
William Cullen Bryant (3 november 1794 – 12 juni 1878)
Portret door Thomas Le Clear, ca. 1876

 

Onafhankelijk van geboortedata

De Italiaanse dichteres Laura Accerboni werd in 1985 geboren in Genua. Zie ook alle tags voor Laura Accerboni op dit blog.

Kou

Kou
is niet echt aangenaam.
Als je rilt
daalt je geloofwaardigheid
tot het nulpunt.
Daarom heb ik geleerd
spijkers
in mijn handen te slaan.
Nu ben ik
een onwankelbaar mens.

 

Vertaald door Frans Denissen en Hilda Schraa

 

I could be a wild boar

I could be a wild boar
if I wanted
and shoot myself between the eyes
if I wanted
and no one
would think anything of it.
Someone
would worry
about removing the lead
from the carcass.
Should it end up
between teeth,
should it injure
cheeks
at midday.

 

Vertaald door George Tatge

 
Laura Accerboni (Genua, 1985)

Joe Queenan, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Jan Boerstoel, André Malraux, Ann Scott, Dieter Wellershoff, Hanns Heinz Ewers, William Cullen Bryant, Laura Accerboni

De Amerikaanse schrijver, humorist en criticus Joe Queenan werd geboren op 3 november 1950 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Zie ook mijn blog van 3 november 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Joe Queenan op dit blog.

Uit: Closing Time

“Next door to us lived a man my father always called Tex because he was tall, fat, blustery, and not terribly quick on the draw, though he was not actually from Texas. I suppose it was Tex who provided transport. My father’s mutilated fingers got patched up; he was given some painkillers; he returned home in great pain. He had been drinking heavily before he caught his fingers in the door, and he was certainly drinking heavily afterward.
At the time, my father was employed as a truck driver for a company called Bachman Pretzels. His job was to deliver boxes of potato chips, pretzels, and other savory snacks to supermarkets and grocery stores all over the Delaware Valley. The job didn’t pay well and wasn’t leading anywhere, but it was better than the ones he had held recently, and much better than the ones he would have later. His salary, which amounted to slightly more than the minimum wage, was not enough to support a family of six, which is why my mother, after a sixteen-year hiatus, would soon return the workforce, corralling a job as a credit manager at the hospital, where my father had been treated. This was the hospital where I had been born thirteen years earlier, the year the Reds invaded South Korea.
Every workday, my father would rise at six-thirty in the morning, shave, dress, then grab a trolley and two buses to the company warehouse several miles away. There he would load his truck and set out on his travels. His route was picturesque and varied, though not especially glamorous. A good number of his accounts were the wholesome, reliable A&P supermarkets that could then be found on half the street corners in America. He also serviced a number of tiny, not especially profitable independent grocery stores in South Philadelphia and several of the cavernous Center City automats operated by the Horn & Hardart company, an iconic chain that was once ubiquitous but is now forgotten. His job was to replace packages that had been sold since his last visit, remove merchandise that had passed its expiration date, and use guile, subterfuge, charm, or whatever delicate forms of intimidation he could muster to persuade his clients to give exotic new products a try. One of these cutting-edge novelties was the now-famous cheese curl, an audacious midcentury innovation whose triumph over entrenched municipal resistance to anything ” hoity-toity” was by no means a foregone conclusion at the time.”

 
Joe Queenan (Philadelphia, 3 november 1950)

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Joe Queenan, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Jan Boerstoel, André Malraux, Ann Scott, Dieter Wellershoff, Hanns Heinz Ewers, William Cullen Bryant

De Amerikaanse schrijver, humorist en criticus Joe Queenan werd geboren op 3 november 1950 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Zie ook mijn blog van 3 november 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Joe Queenan op dit blog.

Uit: Balsamic Dreams: A Short but Self-Important History of the Baby Boomer Generation

“In the end, Baby Boomers didn’t deliver on any of their promises. Instead, they were a case study in false advertising. They professed to go with the flow, but it was actually the cash flow, and they most certainly did not teach their children well, as they were too busy videotaping them. Instead, they took a dive. They retreated into the deepest recesses of their surprisingly tiny inner lives. They became fakes, hypocrites, cop-outs and, in many cases, out-and-out dorks. And the worst thing was: Most of them didn’t realize it.
Certainly not Mr. Dog Guy. One day last summer I was sitting on the veranda of my elegant, well-appointed house overlooking the Hudson River when a Jeep Grand Cherokee drifted past with a twee Alaskan malamute trotting about twenty yards behind. As the Jeep inched up the street at about five miles an hour, the dog meekly scurried along in its wake, occasionally soiling people’s lawns. The dog and the vehicle soon disappeared around a bend in the road, but five minutes later they were back for the return leg of their little jaunt. When the dog attempted to do his business on my wife’s beloved flower bed, I made it my business to scare him away with a stick. The dog clambered off and that was that.
Over the course of the next three weeks, I observed the Jeep and the dog making their rounds early in the morning and late in the evening. The driver, about forty-five, was not from the neighborhood. Neither was the dog. The dog usually had the good sense to stay away from my lawn, but he invariably managed to take a dump somewhereelse. The two quickly became a kind of local legend. Everyone felt sorry for a pet unlucky enough to have an owner who was too lazy to get out of his car and actually walk the poor mutt. Everyone wondered what kind of a creep would own a beautiful dog like that and not only refuse to walk it, but refuse to clean up after it, and who would then compound that offense by driving to someone else’s neighborhood and encouraging his dog to defecate all over strangers’ properties. My neighbors proclaimed him a creep, a lowlife, a swine, not to mention a very thoughtless and insensitive human being.”

 
Joe Queenan (Philadelphia, 3 november 1950)

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A Song for New Year’s Eve (William Cullen Bryant)

Alle bezoekers en mede-bloggers een prettige jaarwisseling en een gelukkig Nieuwjaar!

 

 
Lingerzijde en de Speeltoren in Edam door Oene Romkes de Jongh, rond 1650

 

A Song for New Year’s Eve

Stay yet, my friends, a moment stay—
Stay till the good old year,
So long companion of our way,
Shakes hands, and leaves us here.
Oh stay, oh stay,
One little hour, and then away.

The year, whose hopes were high and strong,
Has now no hopes to wake;
Yet one hour more of jest and song
For his familiar sake.
Oh stay, oh stay,
One mirthful hour, and then away.

The kindly year, his liberal hands
Have lavished all his store.
And shall we turn from where he stands,
Because he gives no more?
Oh stay, oh stay,
One grateful hour, and then away.

Days brightly came and calmly went,
While yet he was our guest;
How cheerfully the week was spent!
How sweet the seventh day’s rest!
Oh stay, oh stay,
One golden hour, and then away.

Dear friends were with us, some who sleep
Beneath the coffin-lid:
What pleasant memories we keep
Of all they said and did!
Oh stay, oh stay,
One tender hour, and then away.

 

 
William Cullen Bryant (3 november 1794 – 12 juni 1878)
De kerk in Cummington, Massachusetts. William Cullen Bryant werd geboren in Cummington.

 

Zie voor de schrijvers van de 31e december ook mijn drie vorige blogs van vandaag.

Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Dieter Wellershoff, Hanns Heinz Ewers, William Cullen Bryant

De Australische dichteres en schrijfster Oodgeroo Noonuccal (eig. Kathleen Jean Mary Ruska) werd geboren op 3 november 1920 in Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) in Moreton Bay. Zie ook mijn blog van 3 november 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Oodgeroo Noonuccal op dit blog.

 

 

Namatjira

 

Aboriginal man, you walked with pride,

And painted with joy the countryside.

Original man, your fame grew fast,

Men pointed you out as you went past.

But vain the honour and tributes paid

For you strangled in rules the white man made:

You broke no law of the your own wild clan

Which says, “Share all with your fellow-man.”

What did their loud acclaim avail

Who gave you honour, then gave you jail?

Namatjira, they boomed your art,

They called you genius, then broke your heart.

 

 

The Bunyip

 

You keep quiet now, little fella,

You want big-big Bunyip get you?

You look out, no good this place.

You see that waterhole over there?

He Gooboora, Silent Pool.

Suppose-it you go close up one time

Big fella woor, he wait there,

Big fella Bunyip sit down there,

In Silent Pool many bones down there.

He come up when it is dark,

He belong the big dark, that one.

Don’t go away from camp fire, you,

Better you curl up in the gunya.

Go to sleep now, little fella,

Tonight he hungry, hear him roar,

He frighten us, the terrible woor,

He the secret thing, he Fear,

He something we don’t know.

Go to sleep now, little fella.

Curl up with the yella dingo.

 

 

Oodgeroo Noonuccal (3 November 1920—16 September 1993)

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Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Dieter Wellershoff, Hanns Heinz Ewers, William Cullen Bryant

De Australische dichteres en schrijfster Oodgeroo Noonuccal (eig. Kathleen Jean Mary Ruska) werd geboren op 3 november 1920 in Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) in Moreton Bay. Zie ook mijn blog van 3 november 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Oodgeroo Noonuccal op dit blog.

 

No More Boomerang

No more boomerang
No more spear;
Now all civilised —
Colour bar and beer.

No more corroboree,
Gay dance and din.
Now we got movies,
And pay to go in.

No more sharing
What the hunter brings.
Now we work for money,
Then pay it back for things.

Now we track bosses
To catch a few bob,
Now we go walkabout
On bus to the job.

One time naked,
Who never knew shame;
Now we put clothes on
To hide whatsaname.

No more gunya,
Now bungalow,
Paid by hire purchase
In twenty year or so.

Lay down the stone axe,
Take up the steel,
And work like a nigger
For a white man meal.

No more firesticks
That made the whites scoff.
Now all electric,
And no better off.

Bunyip he finish,
Now got instead
White fella Bunyip
Call him Red.

Abstract picture now —
What they coming at?
Cripes, in our caves we
Did better than that.

Black hunted wallaby,
White hunt dollar;
White fella witchdoctor
Wear dog-collar.

No more message-stick;
Lubras and lads.
Got television now,
Mostly ads.

Lay down the woomera,
Lay down the waddy.
Now we got atom-bomb,
End every-body.


Oodgeroo Noonuccal (3 November 1920—16 September 1993)

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Dolce far niente (William Cullen Bryant)

Dolce far niente

 

Summer Wind

It is a sultry day; the sun has drank
The dew that lay upon the morning grass,
There is no rustling in the lofty elm
That canopies my dwelling, and its shade
Scarce cools me. All is silent, save the faint
And interrupted murmur of the bee,
Settling on the sick flowers, and then again
Instantly on the wing. The plants around
Feel the too potent fervors; the tall maize
Rolls up its long green leaves; the clover droops
Its tender foliage, and declines its blooms.

 

Zomerlandschap, Fredrik Marinus Kruseman (12 juli 1816 – 25 mei 1882)

 

But far in the fierce sunshine tower the hills,
With all their growth of woods, silent and stern,
As if the scortching heat and dazzling light
Were but an element they loved. Bright clouds,
Motionless pillars of the brazen heaven;–
Their bases on the mountains–their white tops
Shining in the far ether–fire the air
With a reflected radiance, and make turn
The gazer’s eye away. For me, I lie
Languidly in the shade, where the thick turf,
Yet virgin from the kisses of the sun,
Retains some freshness, and I woo the wind
That still delays its coming. Why so slow,
Gentle and voluble spirit of the air?
Oh, come and breathe upon the fainting earth
Coolness and life. Is it that in his caves
He hears me? See, on yonder woody ridge,
The pine is bending his proud top, and now,
Among the nearer groves, chesnut and oak
Are tossing their green boughs about. He comes!

 

Zomerlandschap, Barend Koekoek (11 oktober 1803 – 5 april 1862)

 

Lo, where the grassy meadow runs in wives!
The deep distressful silence of the scene
Breaks up with mingling of unnumbered sounds
And universal motion. He is come,
Shaking a shower of blossoms from the shrubs,
And bearing on the fragrance; and he brings
Music of birds, and rustling of young boughs,
And soun of swaying branches, and the voice
Of distant waterfalls. All the green herbs
Are stirring in his breath; a thousand flowers,
By the road-side and the borders of the brook,
Nod gaily to each other; glossy leaves
Are twinkling in the sun, as if the dew
Were on them yet, and silver waters break
Into small waves and sparkle as he comes.

 

William Cullen Bryant (3 november 1794 – 12 juni 1878)

 

Zie voor de schrijvers van de 26e juli ook mijn blog van 26 juli 2011 en eveneens deel 2.