November 2020

Jan Kleefstra was the RIXT poet of the  month November 2020. You can read his  original Frisian poems of that month here. The translation of one of them – ‘On windless days larks don’t bring me to tears’ – is published here below.

Foto: Jan Kleefstra
On windless days larks don’t bring me to tears

not even with the sad confession that the sun
now only rises in shuttered eyes

how long will wings carry the body
through finely meshed rain like before

dragging heavy at times shrill tones across the world

as a boy I sought beneath the same heavens
starved for a meadow bird

casting farther than ever
a kind-hearted light
out ahead of the rain

© Jan Kleefstra
Translation: Trevor M. Scarse

October 2020

Anne Heegstra was the RIXT poet of the  month October 2020. You can read her original Frisian poems of that month here. The translation of one of them – ‘Headamskampen’ – is published here.

Photo: Anne Heegstra
Headamskampen 

in the prickly cold
practically on thin ice
he skated purposely

assured, as he knew
of canal and ditch
crack and furrow

he gave his hankering
ample room to breathe 
yet glided restrainedly

as his skates led him
past the Eleven Lakes
and as many cities

reeds and seams rustled
mirrored in cadence
of blades sliding across the ice

until the dusk forsook
the hours of the day
and embraced the evening

behind closed gate
the broken daylight leaves
the polder in dreams

© Anne Heegstra
Translation: Trevor M. Scarse

Poetry evening De Utmolken Toer live-streamed on RIXT

The final evening of De Utmolken Toer (The Milked Tour), the poetry tour of RIXT poets Elmar Kuiper and Geart Tigchelaar, will be live-streamed on Saturday 24th of October from De Bres, Ljouwert/Leeuwarden.

Now that the safety regulations has put a hold on large audiences, the poets decided to bring their poetry evening to the public online. The livestream will be organised by creative bureau Hatogkrøller and can be followed on the Youtube channel of Frisian literary magazine Ensafh., the Facebook page of Frisian Poet Pack RIXTand the Facebook page of Ensafh.

Besides performances of Kuiper and Tigchelaar, RIXT poets Cornelis van der Wal and Syds Wiersma will also read their poetry. The music band of Kuiper, Tigers fan Greonterp will perform as well and the evening will be moderated by author, editor and publisher Piter Boersma.

De Utmolken Toer with Geart Tigchelaar and Elmar Kuiper. Picture: Ydwine Scarse

Elmar Kuiper (1969) writes poetry, short proze and theatre. In 2004 he made his debut with Hertbyt. Wite Molke, Swarte Mûle is his ninth volume. His poetry has been nominated for literary prizes and has been translated in several languages.

Geart Tigchelaar (1987) has won the D.A. Tammingapriis for his debut, leech hert yn nij jek (2017). Ommers is his first volume with proze poetry. Prepublications have been bosted on the Instagram-account @om.mers.

What: livestream poetry evening De Utmolken Toer

Where: Youtubechannel Ensafh, Facebook Frysk Dichterskollektyf RIXT or Facebook Ensafh

When: 24th of Ocober, 19:30 H

You can order the poetry volumes  and other items online at útjouwerij Hispel

First Frisian publication Waailân

Ilse Vos, Jolanda Gooiker, Simon Oosting at Kaap Hoorn. Picture: Geart Tigchelaar

From 11 to 13 of September,  poets from the main land and poets from the island wandered on the island Skylge/Terschelling. They did so in five groups, four of them in good hands of an island poet. That Saturday evening, the poets performed together and presented their results of Waailân to the public.

The performace of Ilse Vos, Simon Oosting and  Jolanda Gooiker has been made into an online presentation. RIXT will publish more of these in the coming weeks.  Below you can listen to the first contribution, in Frisian/Dutch.

Film edited by Geart Tigchelaar
Audio edited by Ilse Vos