December 2023

Pier Boorsma was the RIXT poet of the month in December. You can read his original Frisian poems from that month here. The translation of one of his poems – ‘Josse’ – is published here.

Photo: Geart Tigchelaar
Josse

his father sold 
– if it suited him –
paraffin
and when that did not happen
he had to go to college
without food
the girls in his class sniggered
at his mismatched socks
he fancied one of them
but did not dare to ask her
who did he think he was
as son of the paraffin vendor
later on, he would write a novel
about the stuffiness of his village
as a writer
he finally mattered



© Pier Boorsma
translation: Trevor Scarse

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