February 2023

Elmar Kuiper was the RIXT poet of the month February 2023. You can read his original Frisian poems of that month here. The translation of one of them – ‘HUMAN BEING’ – is published here.

Photo: Edwin de Groot

he is clean
like a river

but slibs up at the mouth

he lets his Swiss shepherd
fly after a stick on the cinder

rhymes a mallard not with the man

he is fair
like a bullet

at the edge of the city he twirls
the steel for the arena, where he
will sing in canon

he’s pitch perfect
like a rock

skims across the old

smooth and flat
is his word

© Elmar Kuiper
translation: Trevor Scarse

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