July 2020

Photo: Geart Tigchelaar

Kate Schlingemann was the RIXT poet of the  month July 2020. You can read her original Dutch poems of that month  here. The translation of one of them – ‘the reasons’ – is published below.

The reasons

Maybe here
the dikes are higher
the lakes are deeper
the roads are longer
the fields more open
the breathing space like the sky
is cleaner, larger

so people will keep their distance

- which can come in handy
when after the first wave
a second one rolls in
no really-

maybe we could welcome
new differentialities
in compliance with
an open-arms width of 1,5 metres 
more often

© Kate Schlingemann
Translation: Trevor M. Scarse

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