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Archive E-F

· Afanasi FET: Kolkende storm . . · F. Scott FITZGERALD: Rain before dawn · Anne FINCH: To A Husband · Anne FINCH: Adam Posed · EUGENE FIELD: Be my sweetheart · EUGENE FIELD: A DRINKING SONG · GUSTAVE FLAUBERT: LA MORT D’EMMA · ASHRAF FAYADH: FRIDA KAHLO’S MOUSTACHE · CALL FROM THE INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL BERLIN FOR THE RELEASE OF POET ASHRAF FAYAD · ASHRAF FAYADH, POET AND ARTIST, SENTENCED TO DEATH IN SAUDI ARABIA FOR HIS ART · CANTA LIBRE VERTOLKT DE MADRIGALEN VAN MAARTEN VAN DEN ELZEN · MARIE FREIFRAU VON EBNER-ESCHENBACH: EIN KLEINES LIED

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Afanasi FET: Kolkende storm . .

Afanasi Fet
(1820 – 1892)

Kolkende storm . . .

Kolkende storm in de luchtzee,
Kokend van woede het sop;
Kolkende zee van gedachten,
Kokend van woede mijn kop;
Kolkende zee van gedachten,
Stortvloed van drift in de kop;
Donkere wolken op wolken,
Kokend van woede het sop.

 

Afanasi Fet, Буря на небе вечерный, 1842
Vertaling Paul Bezembinder 2016

Paul Bezembinder studeerde theoretische natuurkunde in Nijmegen. In zijn poëzie zoekt hij in vooral klassieke versvormen en thema’s naar de balans tussen serieuze poëzie, pastiche en smartlap. Zijn gedichten (Nederlands) en vertalingen (Russisch-Nederlands) verschenen in verschillende (online) literaire tijdschriften. Voorbeelden van zijn werk zijn te vinden op zijn website: www.paulbezembinder.nl

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F. Scott FITZGERALD: Rain before dawn

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Rain before dawn

The dull, faint patter in the drooping hours
Drifts in upon my sleep and fills my hair
With damp; the burden of the heavy air
Is strewn upon me where my tired soul cowers,
Shrinking like some lone queen in empty towers
Dying. Blind with unrest I grow aware:
The pounding of broad wings drifts down the stair
And sates me like the heavy scent of flowers.

I lie upon my heart. My eyes like hands
Grip at the soggy pillow. Now the dawn
Tears from her wetted breast the splattered blouse
Of night; lead-eyed and moist she straggles o’er the lawn,
Between the curtains brooding stares and stands
Like some drenched swimmer — Death’s within the house!

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 – 1940)
Poem: Rain before dawn
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Anne FINCH: To A Husband

 

Anne Finch
To A Husband

This is to the crown and blessing of my life,
The much loved husband of a happy wife;
To him whose constant passion found the art
To win a stubborn and ungrateful heart,
And to the world by tenderest proof discovers
They err, who say that husbands can’t be lovers.
With such return of passion, as is due,
Daphnis I love, Daphinis my thoughts pursue;
Daphnis, my hopes and joys are bounded all in you.
Even I, for Daphnis’ and my promise’ sake,
What I in woman censure, undertake.
But this from love, not vanity proceeds;
You know who writes, and I who ’tis that reads.
Judge not my passion by my want of skill:
Many love well, though they express it ill;
And I your censure could with pleasure bear,
Would you but soon return, and speak it here.

Anne Finch (1661 – 1720)
To A Husband
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Anne FINCH: Adam Posed

Anne Finch
Adam Posed

Could our first father, at his toilsome plow,
Thorns in his path, and labor on his brow,
Clothed only in a rude, unpolished skin,
Could he a vain fantastic nymph have seen,
In all her airs, in all her antic graces,
Her various fashions, and more various faces;
How had it posed that skill, which late assigned
Just appellations to each several kind!
A right idea of the sight to frame;
T’have guessed from what new element she came;
T’have hit the wav’ring form, or giv’n this thing a name.

Anne Finch (1661 – 1720)
Adam Posed
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EUGENE FIELD: Be my sweetheart

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Eugene Field
(1850–1895)

Be my sweetheart

Sweetheart, be my sweetheart
When birds are on the wing,
When bee and bud and babbling flood
Bespeak the birth of spring,
Come, sweetheart, be my sweetheart
And wear this posy-ring!

Sweetheart, be my sweetheart
In the mellow golden glow
Of earth aflush with the gracious blush
Which the ripening fields foreshow;
Dear sweetheart, be my sweetheart,
As into the noon we go!

Sweetheart, be my sweetheart
When falls the bounteous year,
When fruit and wine of tree and vine
Give us their harvest cheer;
Oh, sweetheart, be my sweetheart,
For winter it draweth near.

Sweetheart, be my sweetheart
When the year is white and old,
When the fire of youth is spent, forsooth,
And the hand of age is cold;
Yet, sweetheart, be my sweetheart
Till the year of our love be told!

Eugene Field poetry
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EUGENE FIELD: A DRINKING SONG

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Eugene Field
(1850–1895)

A drinking song

Come, brothers, share the fellowship
We celebrate to-night;
There’s grace of song on every lip
And every heart is light!
But first, before our mentor chimes
The hour of jubilee,
Let’s drink a health to good old times,
And good times yet to be!
Clink, clink, clink!
Merrily let us drink!
There’s store of wealth
And more of health
In every glass, we think.
Clink, clink, clink!
To fellowship we drink!
And from the bowl
No genial soul
In such an hour can shrink.

And you, oh, friends from west and east
And other foreign parts,
Come share the rapture of our feast,
The love of loyal hearts;
And in the wassail that suspends
All matters burthensome,
We’ll drink a health to good old friends
And good friends yet to come.
Clink, clink, clink!
To fellowship we drink!
And from the bowl
No genial soul
In such an hour will shrink.
Clink, clink, clink!
Merrily let us drink!
There’s fellowship
In every sip
Of friendship’s brew, we think.

Eugene Field poetry
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GUSTAVE FLAUBERT: LA MORT D’EMMA

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Gustave Flaubert
(1821 – 1880)

La Mort d’Emma

Éperdu, balbutiant, près de tomber,
Charles tournait dans la chambre.
Il se heurtait aux meubles, s’arrachait les cheveux, et jamais le pharmacien n’avait cru qu’il pût y avoir de si épouvantable spectacle…

Puis, revenu près d’elle, il s’affaissa par terre sur le tapis, et il restait la tête appuyée contre le bord de sa couche à sangloter.


Ne pleure pas ! lui dit-elle.
Bientôt je ne te tourmenterai plus !


Pourquoi ?
Qui t’a forcée ?

Elle répliqua : —
Il le fallait, mon ami. —
N’étais-tu pas heureuse ?
Est-ce ma faute ?
J’ai fait tout ce que j’ai pu pourtant !


Oui…, c’est vrai…, tu es bon, toi !

Et elle lui passait la main dans les cheveux, lentement.
La douceur de cette sensation surchargeait sa tristesse ; il sentait tout son être s’écrouler de désespoir à l’idée qu’il fallait la perdre, quand, au contraire, elle avouait pour lui plus d’amour que jamais ; et il ne pouvait rien ; il ne savait pas, il n’osait, l’urgence d’une résolution immédiate achevait de le bouleverser.
Elle en avait fini, songeait-elle, avec toutes les trahisons, les bassesses et les innombrables convoitises qui la torturaient.
Elle ne haïssait personne, maintenant ; une confusion de crépuscule s’abattait en sa pensée, et de tous les bruits de la terre, Emma n’entendait plus que l’intermittente lamentation de ce pauvre cœur, douce et indistincte, comme le dernier écho d’une symphonie qui s’éloigne.

Gustave Flaubert poésie
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ASHRAF FAYADH: FRIDA KAHLO’S MOUSTACHE

14.01.2016 – Worldwide Reading of selected poems and other texts in support of Ashraf Fayadh.
The international literature festival Berlin (ilb) calls on all individuals, institutions, schools and media outlets that care about justice and freedom to participate in a worldwide reading of selected poems and other texts in support of Ashraf Fayadh, on 14 January 2016.

Ashraf Fayadh, a 35 year-old Palestinian poet and art curator, who lives in Saudi Arabia, has been sentenced to death by a Saudi court on 17 November 2015 for the “crime” of apostasy. He was denied access to a lawyer throughout his detention and trial.

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Frida Kahlo’s Moustache

I will ignore the smell of clay, the reproach of rain, and the choke that has long settled in my chest
and I will search for an appropriate condolence of my situation that doesn’t permit me
to explain your lips in the manner I’d hoped for
or to shake dew drops off your reddish petals
or to lessen the intensity of the obsession that overwhelms me whenever I realize
you’re not next to me now and won’t be…I’m forced to justify my position
to the silence that night punishes me with
Pretend that the earth is silent, just as we see it from afar,
and that all what happened between us was no more
than a poor prank that shouldn’t have gone this far

What’s your idea about the days I usually spend without you?
about my words that used to rapidly evaporate
about my heavy pain
and the knots that had sedimented inside my thorax like dried up algae
I forgot to tell you…that in the practical sense of the word
I’ve grown used to your absence
and that my wishes have lost their way to your desires
and my memory has begun to corrode
And that I still chase light, not because I want to see…the dark always frightens
even when we’re used to it

Is my apology for everything that happened while I was trying
to make up excuses for you enough?
Is it enough for the times jealousy raged in some place inside me
or when disappointment ruined yet another of my dark days
And for my repetition that justice will always suffer the disturbances of menstruation
and that love is a backward impotent man at the end of his days

I will be forced to trick my memory
and pretend that I have no problem sleeping
and rip all the remaining questions
the questions that now search for persuasive answers
after all punctuation has been dropped
for purely personal reasons

Let the mirror explain to you how beautiful you are
Remove my pile of dust, my words
Breathe deeply, remember how much I loved you and how
the whole thing turned into a brief electrocution
that almost caused a great fire in an empty warehouse

The sun is extremely polite when it comes to covering her mouth while yawning
The sun doesn’t know how to impose its total control over the earth
the same fate the sun has with darkness, the sun
has no choice but to resist the dark, even if Pluto
has lost its qualifications to remain among the vertiginous planets
The moon has a different take on imposing its will over the sea
And the sea can swallow whatever creatures it desires and lay claim to more land
on account of global warming, the punctured ozone, a woman’s right
to wear a bikini, and the temptation of birds with the riches of fish

I will no longer be pain pills for your monthly period
and won’t enjoy your exceptional conversation while you prepare for a long nap
or when you want to offload your anger
or while you spend some lovely time in a bar packed with lovers of Jazz
I won’t be able to sleep enough or explain Nietzsche’s moustache
or persuade you that Imad’s work is a unique experiment in art
I will busy myself with normalizing relations between earth and water
in order to obstruct fire on its way to becoming an ambassador of good will
Only then will the air cease to appear presentable
as it dries out your underwear on your laundry line

I walk in the street of the inexpressible and question the indifferent rain drops
I try to remove the rust that’s stuck in my throat
How many times should I refer to the wind’s guidebook to decipher your moods?
How many words have I silenced to spare you the smell of disappointment that my American cigarette blows?
I won’t be the piggybank you break whenever you run out of funds
and I won’t include as poetic chore an amorous description of your eyes
because your eyes, in the final analysis, are more fatal than those
that ruined Jareer’s mind, or more poetic than Sayyab’s palm tree groves
Your eyes are precisely the way angels prostrated to Adam,
and I exclude Satan, naturally, for rhetorical reasons

The world this morning resembles my stomach with its ulcers, resembles
the ache that spends its weekends in my head, resembles
the heaps of broken glass that fill my memory
The world is no longer alright since I’ve stopped worrying about glass
or the reply letter to my letter or Mrs. Clinton’s failure to lead the Democratic Party
Don’t look for me, I will be there
with every sip of coffee
and when you relax at a spa, or want to laugh or cry, or if you desire
to toss yourself into someone’s arms, or when you can’t
resist your insomnia or your mobile phone
that didn’t ring during your sleep
or when in the unconsciousness of writing, or when you want to talk

Ashraf Fayadh

Ashraf Fayadh: Frida Kahlo’s Moustache
Translated from the Arabic by Fady Joudah

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CALL FROM THE INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL BERLIN FOR THE RELEASE OF POET ASHRAF FAYAD

FAYADH1414.01.2016 – Worldwide Reading of selected poems and other texts in support of Ashraf Fayadh.
The international literature festival Berlin (ilb) calls on all individuals, institutions, schools and media outlets that care about justice and freedom to participate in a worldwide reading of selected poems and other texts in support of Ashraf Fayadh, on 14 January 2016.

Ashraf Fayadh, a 35 year-old Palestinian poet and art curator, who lives in Saudi Arabia, has been sentenced to death by a Saudi court on 17 November 2015 for the “crime” of apostasy. He was denied access to a lawyer throughout his detention and trial.

Fayadh has been a key figure in taking Saudi contemporary art to a global audience. Chris Dercon, the director of Tate Modern, and a friend of the poet, described him as “someone who is outspoken and daring.”

Besides renouncing Islam, Fayadh also stands accused of blaspheming and promoting atheism through his collection of poetry, Instructions Within, published in 2008. Fayadh has asserted that the poems are “just about me being [a] Palestinian refugee … about cultural and philosophical issues. But the religious extremists explained it as destructive ideas against God.”

The charges, coupled with the lack of due legal process, show that it is not Fayadh who is guilty but rather Saudi Arabia that is once again guilty of disregarding human rights and the rule of law. In various surveys the kingdom continually ranks as one of the least free countries in the world. According to Human Rights Watch, Saudi Arabia’s ever more repressive laws now criminalize free expression and give the authorities excessive police powers that are not subject to judicial oversight.

FAYADH13Ashraf Fayadh’s case is not the story of one man, but a symbol for all the victims of a deeply repressive regime that is supported by Western governments who claim to value freedom and democracy above all. Right now Saudi Arabia sits on the UN Human Rights Council, a body whose members are supposedly those who uphold the highest standards of civil liberties. Saudi Arabia is there since 2013 thanks to secret vote-trading deals conducted with the UK, as revealed by Wikileaks. Other Western countries keep weapons and legitimacy streaming towards Saudi Arabia in order to keep oil flowing towards themselves. Caught in the current are ordinary people like Ashraf Fayadh, whose rights go unheeded in the kingdom and abroad.

Amidst all the recent outrage expressed by Western leaders against IS, in the rhetoric of war and threats of retribution, there has not been a word about Saudi Arabia’s role in helping to promulgate the virulent form of Islam practiced by IS. There is no doubt about the overlaps in their ideology: both certainly endorse lashing or beheading (on the latter front Saudi Arabia actually outdid IS in the last year) anyone who does not share their views.

With this worldwide reading, we demand that the UK and US governments intervene on behalf of Ashraf Fayadh as a first step towards pressuring Saudi Arabia to raise its human rights standards.

We further demand that the United Nations suspend Saudi Arabia from the Human Rights Council until its abysmal record on upholding civil liberties improves.

We also call on Western governments, especially in the UK and the US, to acknowledge the problems inherent in maintaining cozy, unquestioning relations with a country renowned for systematic human rights abuses.

# Website International Literature Festival Berlin 2016

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ASHRAF FAYADH, POET AND ARTIST, SENTENCED TO DEATH IN SAUDI ARABIA FOR HIS ART

FAYADH11Ashraf Fayadh, a 35-year-old poet and artist, is sentenced to be executed by Saudi Arabian authorities for his art.  On 17 November, the General Court in Abha, southwest Saudi Arabia, found Ashraf guilty of ‘apostasy’ – renouncing Islam – for his poetry and sentenced him to death.

Arrested for poetry and pictures on his phone: Ashraf was initially arrested on 6 August 2013 following a complaint registered against him by another Saudi citizen, who said that the poet was promoting atheism and spreading blasphemous ideas among young people. Ashraf was released the following day, but then rearrested on 1 January 2014, when he was charged with apostasy – he had supposedly questioned religion and spread atheist thought with his poetry. He was at the same time charged with violating the country’s Anti-Cyber Crime Law for allegedly taking and storing photos of women on his phone.

On 30 April 2014, Ashraf was sentenced to four years in prison and 800 lashes for the charges relating to images of women on his phone. The General Court accepted Ashraf’s apology for the charges of apostasy and found the punishment to be satisfactory. However, the court of appeal recommended that Ashraf should still be sentenced for apostasy, and his case was sent back to the General Court, which in turn sentenced him to death for apostasy. Throughout this whole process, Ashraf was denied access to a lawyer – a clear violation of international human rights law, as well as Saudi Arabia’s national laws.

FAYADH15A death sentence for ‘apostasy’: Apostasy (Riddah, in Arabic) is the renouncing of Islam. Saudi Arabia follows Sharia (Islamic) law, and ‘apostasy’ can be punishable by death. Yet ‘apostasy’ is not a crime – it is a violation of someone’s right to belief or choose our own religion. It should never incur punishment. In addition to that, the death penalty, according to international law, may only be used for the ‘most serious crimes’ (recently interpreted by UN experts to refer to ‘intentional killing’). Apostasy is not a crime at all, let alone a serious one.

The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment – it violates our right to life and our right to be free from torture. At Amnesty, we believe the death penalty should never be used.

Quite simply, we’re calling for Ashraf to be freed. He has committed no crime, and as such should not be imprisoned, let alone face execution.

We’re asking the Saudi Arabian authorities to drop Ashraf’s conviction and all charges against him. We’re also asking for them to stop executing anyone for ‘apostasy’.

# Source: Amnesty International website (sign petition!)

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CANTA LIBRE VERTOLKT DE MADRIGALEN VAN MAARTEN VAN DEN ELZEN

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Op 17 en 18 oktober gaat Cantalibre een nieuwe uitdaging aan. Ze gaan de Madrigalen van Maarten van den Elzen vertolken van de Nederlandse componist Andries Clement. In deze voorstelling combineren ze de zangkunst met gedichten van de bekende Udense dichter Maarten van den Elzen. Hij zal werken uit zijn laatste dichtbundel voordragen. Het wordt een beleving waarin muziek en gedichten elkaar versterken.
In de Madrigalen van Maarten zingt Cantalibre 10 gedichten die op muziek gezet zijn door Andries Clement. Voor de kenners de hedendaagse componist die voornamelijk voor á capella koren componeert. Clement begon na zijn carriére als directeur van het Tilburgse conservatorium met het componeren. Zijn composities zijn voor de zangstem gemaakt. De presentatie van de madrigalen is door dirigent Esther Barten op een creatieve manier ingevuld.
Na afloop kunnen de gasten met een glaasje in de hand nog gezellig napraten met elkaar.  De expositie van de Udense kunstenares Genoveef Lukassen, draagt daaraan bij.

Canta Libre vertolkt de Madrigalen van Maarten van den Elzen
Er zijn drie voorstellingen:
De premiére vindt plaats op 17 oktober 2015 om 17:00 uur op de Noordkade in Veghel.
Zondag op 18 oktober om 14:00 uur en om 16:30 op in de Kruisherenkapel in Uden.

# Meer informatie op website Cantalibre

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MARIE FREIFRAU VON EBNER-ESCHENBACH: EIN KLEINES LIED

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Marie Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach
(1830-1916)

Ein kleines Lied

Ein kleines Lied, wie geht’s nur an,
daß man so lieb es haben kann?
Was liegt darin? Erzähle!

Es liegt darin ein wenig Klang,
ein wenig Wohllaut und Gesang
und eine ganze Seele.

Marie Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach Gedicht
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