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

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

September 2020

Peter Vermaat was the RIXT poet of the  month September 2020. You can read his original Dutch poem of that month – ‘Ode to the storyteller’ – here. The translation is published below.

Photo: Geart Tigchelaar


Ode to the storyteller

                            for mindert wijnstra

he makes fluid what had been discarded
congealed in the bin of time for years
he can resurrect the ladies of the sea
knows where the devil dances in the dark

put on top of a horse by an old pack rat
he leads you into the forest of imagination
where the white lady restyles herself
light he sees, yet it chafes with the bodach

born and raised in a village the heath 
caused an uproar with foresters aiming rifle
that’s the birthplace of a great storyteller

as a teacher he knew how to form everyone
let the children dream beyond fish and cattle
now the sky brings setbacks and sorrows

© Peter Vermaat
Translation: Trevor M. Scarse

RIXT poets at SatelLiet in Aldebiltsyl

Friday evening, 19th of September, SatelLiet was held in Aldebiltsyl. SatelLiet was set up last year as warm up for the Frisian/ minority songfestival LIET.
SatelLiet was held at three locations: the Aerdenplaats, the Julian church next to it, and the Schuilschuur of villager Neeltje van den Brand

At Neetltje, RIXT poets Christa Niklewicz en Geart Tigchelaar perfomerd twice. They did so in company of musician and poet Lukas Graff. Tigchelaar read from his coming poetry volume, Ommers. Niklewicz read and sang poetry of hers. Graff accompanied both poets on his piano, and also read own poetry.

Christa Niklewicz with Lukas Graff – Photo: Geart Tigchelaar


Lukas Graff – Photo: Geart Tigchelaar


Geart Tigchelaar – Photo: Syds Wiersma


Hostess Neeltje van den Brand welcomes the audience and poets – Photo: Syds Wiersma