January 2022

Arjan Hut was the RIXT poet of the month January 2022. You can read his original Frisian poems of that month here. The translation of one of them – ‘Pop-up store’ – is published here.

Pop-up store by Arjan Hut
Photo: Geart Tigchelaar
Pop-up store

It looks as if she’s sitting there alone, a
young woman on the floor of the pop-up store
with her back to the window
drawing, deep in a field of paper
she traces
black lines across black lines
Charcoal Forest. Twilight Woods. Wolf appears
Daylight reflects off of the glass – what percentage
of the light bounds back to the sun immediately?

Is it her back turned to me, her posture, delicate and
fragile like vinyl, or her isolation
that grabs my attention? Bend over paper. When I get
closer to the glass, balancing on
the edge of a word, I’m caught, from behind the counter,
by another set of eyes – they’re sizing me up
That’s when I move on.
Around us the city creaks,
and lonely I’ve never been
The city creaks and skids through a frozen dream
Old is the dusk and full of poetry
I’m looking for a wolf and find a rifle.

© Arjan Hut
Translation: Trevor Scarse

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