Sigrid Kingma

Sigrid Kingma (Drachten, 1989) studied Dutch and Frisian at the University of Groningen. She is known as a stage poet and performs regularly within and outside of the Province of Fryslân. Her interest lies in children’s literature. For a couple of years, she reviewed children’s books for the Friesch Dagblad newspaper and nowadays she is on the board of the Simke Kloostermanlien foundation. As a poet, reviewer and columnist, Sigrid Kingma has made contributions to several magazines. In 2016 she made her debut with the bilingual poetry collection Reade triedleas/Red wireless. Since then she has participated in several international multilingual projects. In recent years she’s been part of educational projects in primary and secondary education as a poet and she writes a lot on commission. She contributes new work to the FeRstival poetry festival each year. “I don’t want to limit myself to one kind of audience, one style or even one art form; I want to keep reinventing myself.”

Concerning har participation in RIXT: “I write for an audience and perform to be heard. Such a network helps promote and elevate Frisian poetry. I’m honoured to make my contribution to that.”

Flowers

To kill the time
there’s a button for ‘autoplay’
waiting for you, always

There’s a whole world full
like a large warehouse of buttons
to kill the time

But then time overtakes you
like wind howling past you
and there’s no button for ‘rewind’

To postpone death
a small plastic packet of white powder 
comes with each bouquet

There’s a whole factory 
and large office buildings for flower food
to delay death

But death will catch up
and bring a new time
for fresh flowers

© Sigrid Kingma