A new year, a new Poet of the Month!
The Poet of the Month January is Syds Wiersma.
Yva Hokwerda was the RIXT poet of the month December 2020. You can read her original Frisian poems of that month here. The translation of one of them – ‘Introvert days of Christmas (by the old radio)’ – is published here below.
Introvert days of Christmas (by the old radio) Turn your keyboard upside down, come on, strangle that mouse Push all the tables against the walls, throw your chairs out of the house. Let loose all the backbiters, drive every troll back into the thickets, Dance with yourself at unforgiven hours, stretch your weak calves the thickest. Drive the Sugar Berg up the wall, hear his angry bellow Write his logarithmic outcome one by one to zero Hang your prettiest festoons across that meaningless LCD relic Free your inner child while belting out and with a firm dropkick. Jump to the right, to the left, up and down and yell Your home office is no longer your prison cell! In the morning, in the evening, on bulletproof coffee, all that talk You somehow thought your mind spoke out rightly. Not to be a broken clock. Let the net dry, spin your wool with yarn and glow towards fiction Whisper the tone seeking escape; wonder, from strange graphic expression Raise your hands towards the farthest suns at night, gather your own from unframed light Aquiver streams past you what may strike, your sensation is what Earth supplied. © Yva Hokwerda Trans. Trevor M. Scarse
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.
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
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
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.
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
When: 24th of Ocober, 19:30 H
You can order the poetry volumes and other items online at útjouwerij Hispel