About RIXT

WHAT DO WE STAND FOR?

Poetry collective RIXT is a broad platform of Frisian poets. We write and publish poems about current issues in and outside Fryslân. We show the vitality and relevance of Frisian poetry to a wide audience.

We are an open collective. Everyone who writes poetry in Frisian, in a Frisian regional or city language, or in any language used in Friesland, is invited to join us.

Our main goal is to bring Frisian poetry to the public’s attention. One way to do that is  through different kind of performances, each time with different poets, at locations where we think poetry should be heard. Additionally, we organise poetry events about topical subjects during the year and we are active on different social media. Each month one of our poets is ‘poet of the month’. She/he publishes at least two poems on our website, which are related to current events .

We especially invite young and beginning poets to join our collective. Our membership includes experienced poets who can guide and assist beginning poets.

As a platform we are involved in various projects regarding Frisian poetry. Anyone who is engaged in a project and is looking for poems or poets, can contact us. We love to assist and connect you with different kinds of poets.

Our ambition in the coming years is to promote Frisian poetry internationally . We believe Frisian poetry has the quality to be heard on stages outside our region.  We believe that international contacts and exchanges will invigorate the Frisian poetry scene.

Our motto is a quote from the poem Buenos Aires by the Frisian female poet Rixt (1887-1979):

Wa binn’ myn maten op dy wylde feart?
Wa binn’ mei my, dy’t wyn noch romte keart?

Who are going to be my shipmates on that tramp?
Who are with me, unafraid of wind and expanse?

From: De Gouden Rider (1952), p. 41

WANT TO JOIN?

RIXT is an open poets’ collective.

Everyone who writes poetry in Frisian, in a Frisian regional or city language, or in any language used in Friesland, is invited to join us.

When you join RIXT
– you take part in deciding the running and direction of the collective
– you may submit (topical) poems to the website at any time
– you may be asked to be the Poet of the Month (you may decline the offer)
– you will receive invitations to participate in the activities and projects RIXT is involved in
– you will receive a personal page on our website where you can find your submitted poems

When you submit a poem, keep in mind that the editorial board is in charge of maintaining the quality of the published works on the website. The editorial board may turn down your work or request corrections.

You can sign up by emailing us at:
ynfo@rixt.frl; post@rixt.frl

Contact

We can be reached through this email:

post@rixt.frl
ynfo@rixt.frl

Who was Rixt?

Rixt (1887-1979) was a Frisian poet with a small but striking body of work. In 1953 her only volume of poetry De Gouden Rider received the Gysbert Japicx Prize, the highest Frisian literary award. Rixt (pseud. Hendrika Akke van Dorssen) published her first poems in the second decade of the twentieth century. As a young woman in a conservative Fryslân, which Rixt thought was far too modest, meek and timid, she had the courage to publish love verses and erotic lyrical poetry. Her poetry of the 1920s and 1930s displayed a vitality and an adventurous spirit which reminds us of Slauerhoff, among others. Rixt remained involved in Frisian literature and kept attending literary events throughout her long life. Thus she became the “grand old lady of Frisian poetry”.

Because of her open outlook, her unconventional life and work, and her stature, we chose Rixt as the patron of our poets’ collective. We have taken two lines from her poem Buenos Aires as our motto:

Wa binn’ myn maten op dy wylde feart?
Wa binn’ mei my, dy’t wyn noch romte keart?

Who are going to be my shipmates on that tramp?
Who are with me, unafraid of wind and expanse?

Rixt, De Gouden Rider (1952), p. 41

 

Colophon

RIXT Frisian Poets Pack is a foundation. The members of our board  are:
Edwin de Groot, Tryntsje van der Veer, Syds Wiersma, Carla van der Zwaag

Editorial board of RIXT: Henk Nijp, Simon Oosting, Kate Schlingemann, Cornelis van der Wal

Webmaster of RIXT: Cornelis van der Wal

Photo’s, audio and video recording: Geart Tigchelaar

Logo design and branding of RIXT: Stefan Sloot

RIXT receives subsidy from the Province of Friesland

 

 

 

 

This website has been made possible through financial support of the Province of Fryslân.