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· John Leonard: Having no history · Willem Elsschot. Dichter – Alle verzen verzameld en toegelicht · Robert Desnos: Que voulez-vous que je vous dise ? · Vincent Berquez: Sunset Beach · Bert Bevers: Zelfportret met schijnbeeld · Hugo Ball: From Cabaret Voltaire – Issue 1 · An exploration of nature of creative invention: Devotion by Patti Smith · Chinaka Hodge poetry: Dated Emcees · Joachim Ringelnatz: Logik · Edward Lear: The Jumblies · Littérature et poésie – Nuit de la Poésie 2017 = 11 – 12 Novembre 2017 · Festival Paris En Toutes Lettres 2017 du 9 au 20 novembre 2017

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John Leonard: Having no history

Having no history

Having no history we are
What we do, not who
We have been—so there is no-one
Who is not with us.

Our time is not filled
With imperatives, but passes as it must—
Each year brings content
Of its own kind for us.

Our towns are each in the centre
Of nowhere, and each is its own.
We cannot feel life as apart,
And our days are belonging.

We do not have your ‘progress’—
But always try for betterment.
Untruth cannot flourish here,
Because what must be is.

We have never thought we can
Be other than this, we do not live
For what should be, can be,
As what is is plain in view.

John Leonard

John Leonard lives in Canberra, Australia.
More poetry on website: www.jleonard.net

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Willem Elsschot. Dichter – Alle verzen verzameld en toegelicht

Wie Elsschot zegt, denkt niet meteen aan poëzie. Toch zijn het juist enkele van zijn dichtregels die iedereen zal herkennen: ‘tussen droom en daad staan wetten in de weg en praktische bezwaren’, bijvoorbeeld. Willem Elsschot. Dichter bevat alle gedichten uit Elsschots enige bundel.

Een select gezelschap van vijfentwintig scherpzinnige lezers geeft er commentaar bij, aangevoerd door Elsschotkenner Koen Rymenants en poëzie-expert Carl de Strycker. Ze verhelderen Elsschots proza met behulp van zijn poëzie en omgekeerd. Ze tonen ons Elsschot als gelegenheidsdichter en -vertaler en brengen onvermoede verwantschappen aan het licht: met Guido Gezelle en de gezusters Loveling, de Bijbel en Victor Hugo, maar ook met Herman de Coninck en Kees van Kooten.

Koen Rymenants (1977) promoveerde op een proefschrift over Elsschot: Een hoopje vuil in de feestzaal. Facetten van het proza van Willem Elsschot (2009). Hij publiceert over literatuur en is bestuurslid van het Willem Elsschot Genootschap.

Carl de Strycker (1981) is directeur van Poëziecentrum en hoofdredacteur van Poëziekrant. Met Yra van Dijk en Maarten De Pourcq stelde hij het boek Draden in het donker. Intertekstualiteit in theorie en praktijk (2013) samen.

Willem Elsschot. Dichter
Koen Rymenants, Carl De Strycker
Paperback
ISBN 978-94-6310-290-2
€ 22,50
Paperback
Formaat 140 x 215
Aantal pagina’s 304
Publicatiedatum 5 okt. 2017
Uitg. Polis Antwerpen

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Robert Desnos: Que voulez-vous que je vous dise ?

 

Que voulez-vous que je vous dise ?
À Théodore Fraenkel

C’est la pure vérité
Comme un manchon
Ma belle dame mettez vos deux mains
dans le bec de gaz
nous y verrons plus clair
Vous êtes perdue si vous ne m’égratignez
pas un peu
pour voir
plus clair
Un bateau s’arrête et fait son
testament
Les champs de blé réclament longuement la coiffure à la frégate.
Le mystérieux concierge enfonce
avec précaution sa clef dans ton œil
après vingt ans on est prié de dire son nom
mais la postérité n’exige pas de carte d’identité
à vos souhaits
Les miens sont simples
me donne à boire durant toute la mort
qu’on me fiche la guerre.

Robert Desnos (1900 – 1945)
Que voulez-vous que je vous dise ?
À Théodore Fraenkel
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Vincent Berquez: Sunset Beach

   Vincent Berquez©: Sunset Beach

 

  Vincent Berquez is a London–based artist and poet

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Bert Bevers: Zelfportret met schijnbeeld

 

Zelfportret met schijnbeeld

Vannacht was ik een Bolognezer. Een ieder
die mij op de Piazza Verdi passeerde deelde
ik zebravinkjes uit, ontelbare zebravinkjes.
Wat een geluid maken die vogeltjes. Het lijkt 
het hardste marmer te kunnen doordringen.

Uit alle ramen van de universiteit staken
gezichten met vraagtekens. Ik weende niet. 

Bert Bevers

Bert Bevers is a poet and writer who lives and works in Antwerp (Be)
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Hugo Ball: From Cabaret Voltaire – Issue 1

When I founded the Cabaret Voltaire, I was sure that there must be a few young people in Switzerland who like me were interested not only in enjoying their independence but also in giving proof of it.

I went to Herr Ephraim, the owner of the Meierei, and said, “Herr Ephraim, please let me have your room. I want to start a night-club.” Herr Ephraim agreed and gave me the room. And I went to some people I knew and said, “Please give me a picture, or a drawing, or an engraving. I should like to put on an exhibition in my night-club.” I went to the friendly Zürich press and said, “Put in some announcements. There is going to be an international cabaret. We shall do great things.” And they gave me pictures and they put in my annoucements. So on 5th February we had a cabaret. Mademoiselle Hennings and Mademoiselle Leconte sang French and Danish chansons. Herr Tristan Tzara recited Rumanian poetry. A balalaika orchestra played delightful folk-songs and dances.

I received much support and encouragement from Herr M. Slodki, who designed the poster, and from Herr Hans Arp, who supplied some Picassos, as well as works of his own, and obtained for me pictures by his friends O. van Rees and Artur Segall. Much support also from Messrs. Tristan Tzara, Marcel Janco and Max Oppenheimer, who readily agreed to take part in the cabaret.

We organized a Russian evening and, a little later, a French one (works by Apollinaire, Max Jacob, André Salmon, A. Jarry, Laforgue and Rimbaud). On 26th February Richard Huelsenbeck arrived from Berlin and on 30th March we performed some stupendous Negro music (toujours avec la grosse caisse: boum boum boum boum – drabatja mo gere drabatja mo bonooooooooo -). Monsieur Laban was present at the performance and was very enthusiastic. Herr Tristan Tzara was the initiator of a performance by Messrs. Tzara, Huelsenbeck and Janco (the first in Zürich and in the world) of simultaneist verse by Messrs. Henri Barzun and Fernand Divoire, as well as a poème simultané of his own composition, which is reproduced on pages six and seven.

The persent booklet is published by us with the support of our friends in France, Italy and Russia. It is intended to present to the Public the activities and interests of the Cabaret Voltaire, which has as its sole purpose to draw attention, across the barriers of war and nationalism, to the few independent spirits who live for other ideals. The next objective of the artists who are assembled here is the publication of a revue internationale. La revue paraîtra à Zurich et portera le nom “Dada” (“Dada”). Dada Dada Dada Dada.

Zürich, 15th May 1916

Hugo Ball
(1886-1927)
From Cabaret Voltaire – Issue 1

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An exploration of nature of creative invention: Devotion by Patti Smith

A work of creative brilliance may seem like magic — its source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring.

How does an artist accomplish such an achievement, connecting deeply with an audience never met? In this groundbreaking book, one of our culture’s beloved artists offers a detailed account of her own creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections.

Patti Smith first presents an original and beautifully crafted tale of obsession—a young skater who lives for her art, a possessive collector who ruthlessly seeks his prize, a relationship forged of need both craven and exalted.

She then takes us on a second journey, exploring the sources of her story. We travel through the South of France to Camus’s house, and visit the garden of the great publisher Gallimard where the ghosts of Mishima, Nabokov, and Genet mingle.

Smith tracks down Simone Weil’s grave in a lonely cemetery, hours from London, and winds through the nameless Paris streets of Patrick Modiano’s novels. Whether writing in a café or a train, Smith generously opens her notebooks and lets us glimpse the alchemy of her art and craft in this arresting and original book on writing.

The Why I Write series is based on the Windham-Campbell Lectures, delivered annually to commemorate the awarding of the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes at Yale University.

From the renowned artist and author Patti Smith, an inspired exploration of the nature of creative invention:
Title Devotion
Author Patti Smith
Publisher Yale University Press
Hardcover
112 pages
ISBN-10 0300218621
ISBN-13 9780300218626
Publication September 2017
$18.00

More Patti Smith titles:
– Collected Lyrics 1970 – 2015
– M Train
– Just Kids
– Auguries of Innocence – Poems

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Chinaka Hodge poetry: Dated Emcees

Chinaka Hodge came of age along with hip-hop—and its influence on her suitors became inextricable from their personal interactions.

Form blends with content in Dated Emcees as she examines her love life through the lens of hip-hop’s best known orators, characters, archetypes and songs, creating a new and inventive narrative about the music that shaped the craggy heart of a young woman poet, just as it also changed the global landscape of pop.

“This is an absolute powerhouse of a book, and a new pinnacle for Chinaka Hodge. There’s enough beauty and heartbreak and melancholy and humor and sorrow in here for three collections, or two lifetimes. Hodge’s writing is so incredibly specific but somehow universal, so honest and raw but somehow polished to unimproveability. She deserves a wide audience, an attentive audience, an audience that wants to be astounded.”––Dave Eggers, author of The Circle

Chinaka Hodge is a poet, educator, playwright and screenwriter. Originally from Oakland, California, she graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in May of 2006, and was honored to be the student speaker at the 174th Commencement exercise. In 2010, Chinaka received USC’s prestigious Annenberg Fellowship to continue her studies at its School of Cinematic Arts. She received her MFA in Writing for Film and TV in 2012. In the fall of that year, she received the SF Foundation’s Phelan Literary Award for emerging Bay Area talent. Chinaka was also a 2012 Artist in Residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, CA.

In January 2013, Hodge was a Sundance Feature Film lab Fellow for her script, “700th&Int’l.” In June of 2013 Chinaka began as a first year fellow at Cave Canem’s prestigious summer retreat.

For over a decade, Hodge has worked in various capacities at Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project, the nation’s leading literary arts non-profit. During her tenure there, Chinaka served as Program Director, Associate Artistic Director, and worked directly with Youth Speaks’ core population as a teaching artist and poet mentor. She has acted in comparable capacities in New York and Los Angeles at Urban Word NYC and Get Lit: Words Ignite. When not educating or writing for the page, Chinaka rocks mics as a founding member of a collaborative hip hop ensemble, The Getback. Her poems, editorials, interviews and prose have been featured in Newsweek, San Francisco Magazine, Believer Magazine, PBS, NPR, CNN, C-Span, and in two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry.

Title: Dated Emcees
Author: Chinaka Hodge
Collection City Lights/Sister Spit
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Published 2016
Paperback
ISBN-10 0872867021
ISBN-13 9780872867024
64 pages

#  More  on  website  Chinaka  Hodge

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Joachim Ringelnatz: Logik

 

Joachim Ringelnatz
Logik

Die Nacht war kalt und sternenklar,
Da trieb im Meer bei Norderney
Ein Suahelischnurrbarthaar. –
Die nächste Schiffsuhr wies auf drei.

Mir scheint da mancherlei nicht klar,
Man fragt doch, wenn man Logik hat,
Was sucht ein Suahelihaar
Denn nachts um drei am Kattegatt?

Joachim Ringelnatz
(1883 – 1934)
Logik

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Edward Lear: The Jumblies

Edward Lear
The Jumblies

They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
In a Sieve they went to sea:
In spite of all their friends could say,
On a winter’s morn, on a stormy day,
In a Sieve they went to sea!
And when the Sieve turned round and round,
And every one cried, `You’ll all be drowned!’
They called aloud, `Our Sieve ain’t big,
But we don’t care a button! we don’t care a fig!
In a Sieve we’ll go to sea!’
Far and few, far and few,
Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
And they went to sea in a Sieve.

They sailed away in a Sieve, they did,
In a Sieve they sailed so fast,
With only a beautiful pea-green veil
Tied with a riband by way of a sail,
To a small tobacco-pipe mast;
And every one said, who saw them go,
`O won’t they be soon upset, you know!
For the sky is dark, and the voyage is long,
And happen what may, it’s extremely wrong
In a Sieve to sail so fast!’
Far and few, far and few,
Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
And they went to sea in a Sieve.

The water it soon came in, it did,
The water it soon came in;
So to keep them dry, they wrapped their feet
In a pinky paper all folded neat,
And they fastened it down with a pin.
And they passed the night in a crockery-jar,
And each of them said, `How wise we are!
Though the sky be dark, and the voyage be long,
Yet we never can think we were rash or wrong,
While round in our Sieve we spin!’
Far and few, far and few,
Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
And they went to sea in a Sieve.

And all night long they sailed away;
And when the sun went down,
They whistled and warbled a moony song
To the echoing sound of a coppery gong,
In the shade of the mountains brown.
`O Timballo! How happy we are,
When we live in a Sieve and a crockery-jar,
And all night long in the moonlight pale,
We sail away with a pea-green sail,
In the shade of the mountains brown!’
Far and few, far and few,
Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
And they went to sea in a Sieve.

They sailed to the Western Sea, they did,
To a land all covered with trees,
And they bought an Owl, and a useful Cart,
And a pound of Rice, and a Cranberry Tart,
And a hive of silvery Bees.
And they bought a Pig, and some green Jack-daws,
And a lovely Monkey with lollipop paws,
And forty bottles of Ring-Bo-Ree,
And no end of Stilton Cheese.
Far and few, far and few,
Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
And they went to sea in a Sieve.

And in twenty years they all came back,
In twenty years or more,
And every one said, `How tall they’ve grown!
For they’ve been to the Lakes, and the Torrible Zone,
And the hills of the Chankly Bore!’
And they drank their health, and gave them a feast
Of dumplings made of beautiful yeast;
And every one said, `If we only live,
We too will go to sea in a Sieve,—
To the hills of the Chankly Bore!’
Far and few, far and few,
Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
And they went to sea in a Sieve.

Edward Lear (1812 – 1888)
The Jumblies
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Littérature et poésie – Nuit de la Poésie 2017 = 11 – 12 Novembre 2017

 

Pour la deuxième année consécutive, l’IMA et la Maison de la Poésie s’unissent pour convoquer, le temps d’une nuit, la poésie et célébrer la beauté du verbe, en mémoire des attentats de Paris en novembre 2015. Cette deuxième édition est aussi celle d’un nouveau partage : la Nuit 2017 résonnera, en même temps, à travers huit villes du monde arabe.

En mémoire des attentats de Paris du 13 novembre 2015, l’initiative a en 2016 rassemblé près d’une cinquantaine d’artistes de disciplines différentes, parlant l’arabe, le français ou l’hébreu. Plus de 3 000 personnes se sont réunies à l’IMA.

Dans la nuit du 11 au 12 novembre 2017, la deuxième édition de la Nuit de la Poésie offrira une nouvelle fois la possibilité de découvrir et d’apprécier la poésie – cette année en arabe, en français et en persan – à travers la lecture, le slam, le rap, le chant ou encore les arts du cirque.

#  la Nuit de la poésie Web IMA

Littérature et poésie
Nuit de la Poésie 2017
11 – 12 Novembre 2017

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Festival Paris En Toutes Lettres 2017 du 9 au 20 novembre 2017

 


Festival littéraire de la ville de Paris, Paris En Toutes Lettres est fondé sur les hybridations entre les genres littéraires et les formes artistiques, ainsi que sur les résonances entre la géographie parisienne et sa vie littéraire. À partir de la Maison de la Poésie-Scène littéraire, il se déploie dans une quinzaine de lieux alentours.

Revisitant l’actualité littéraire, le festival fait aussi la part belle aux créations mettant en regard littérature et musique. Parmi plus de cinquante lectures, rencontres ou concerts littéraires, on trouve également d’insolites conférences et de curieuses performances. À travers ce foisonnement de lieux et de propositions, c’est à un Paris vivant et traversé de littérature que le festival donne voix.

Festival
Paris En Toutes Lettres 2017
Du 9 au 20 novembre 2017

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