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· Wilfred Owen: Arms and the Boy (Poem) · Wilfred Owen: A Terre (Poem) · Armistice of 11 November 1918/2018 – Wilfred Owen: Dulce et Decorum Est (Poem) · L’esprit littéraire de la Grande Guerre à Redu · Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up in Victoria & Albert Museum London · Matthew Arnold: Requiescat · GONEWEST: Artistieke herdenking 100 jaar Groote Oorlog in West-Vlaanderen · Dichter en schrijver F. Starik overleden · Expositie Charlotte Salomon in Joods Historisch Museum Amsterdam · Leigh HUNT: Deaths of Little Children · The DEATHS of the Poets by Michael Symmons Roberts & Paul Farley · Jeroen BROUWERS: De laatste deur (nieuwe herziene en uitgebreide editie)

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Wilfred Owen: Arms and the Boy (Poem)

      

Arms and the Boy

Let the boy try along this bayonet-blade
How cold steel is, and keen with hunger of blood;
Blue with all malice, like a madman’s flash;
And thinly drawn with famishing for flesh.

Lend him to stroke these blind, blunt bullet-leads,
Which long to nuzzle in the hearts of lads,
Or give him cartridges of fine zinc teeth
Sharp with the sharpness of grief and death.

For his teeth seem for laughing round an apple.
There lurk no claws behind his fingers supple;
And God will grow no talons at his heels,
Nor antlers through the thickness of his curls.

Wilfred Owen
(1893 – 1918)
Arms and the Boy (Poem)

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Wilfred Owen: A Terre (Poem)

      

A Terre

(Being the philosophy of many Soldiers.)

Sit on the bed; I’m blind, and three parts shell.
Be careful; can’t shake hands now; never shall.
Both arms have mutinied against me,—brutes.
My fingers fidget like ten idle brats.

I tried to peg out soldierly,—no use!
One dies of war like any old disease.
This bandage feels like pennies on my eyes.
I have my medals?—Discs to make eyes close.
My glorious ribbons?—Ripped from my own back
In scarlet shreds. (That’s for your poetry book.)

A short life and a merry one, my buck!
We used to say we’d hate to live dead-old,—
Yet now … I’d willingly be puffy, bald,
And patriotic. Buffers catch from boys
At least the jokes hurled at them. I suppose
Little I’d ever teach a son, but hitting,
Shooting, war, hunting, all the arts of hurting.
Well, that’s what I learnt,—that, and making money.

Your fifty years ahead seem none too many?
Tell me how long I’ve got? God! For one year
To help myself to nothing more than air!
One Spring! Is one too good to spare, too long?
Spring wind would work its own way to my lung,
And grow me legs as quick as lilac-shoots.

My servant’s lamed, but listen how he shouts!
When I’m lugged out, he’ll still be good for that.
Here in this mummy-case, you know, I’ve thought
How well I might have swept his floors for ever.
I’d ask no night off when the bustle’s over,
Enjoying so the dirt. Who’s prejudiced
Against a grimed hand when his own’s quite dust,
Less live than specks that in the sun-shafts turn,
Less warm than dust that mixes with arms’ tan?
I’d love to be a sweep, now, black as Town,
Yes, or a muckman. Must I be his load?

O Life, Life, let me breathe,—a dug-out rat!
Not worse than ours the lives rats lead—
Nosing along at night down some safe rut,
They find a shell-proof home before they rot.
Dead men may envy living mites in cheese,
Or good germs even. Microbes have their joys,
And subdivide, and never come to death.
Certainly flowers have the easiest time on earth.
“I shall be one with nature, herb, and stone,”
Shelley would tell me. Shelley would be stunned:
The dullest Tommy hugs that fancy now.
“Pushing up daisies,” is their creed, you know.

To grain, then, go my fat, to buds my sap,
For all the usefulness there is in soap.
D’you think the Boche will ever stew man-soup?
Some day, no doubt, if …
Friend, be very sure
I shall be better off with plants that share
More peaceably the meadow and the shower.
Soft rains will touch me,— as they could touch once,
And nothing but the sun shall make me ware.
Your guns may crash around me. I’ll not hear;
Or, if I wince, I shall not know I wince.

Don’t take my soul’s poor comfort for your jest.
Soldiers may grow a soul when turned to fronds,
But here the thing’s best left at home with friends.

My soul’s a little grief, grappling your chest,
To climb your throat on sobs; easily chased
On other sighs and wiped by fresher winds.

Carry my crying spirit till it’s weaned
To do without what blood remained these wounds.

Wilfred Owen
(1893 – 1918)
A Terre (Poem)

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Armistice of 11 November 1918/2018 – Wilfred Owen: Dulce et Decorum Est (Poem)

      

Dulce et Decorum Est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.

Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.—
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

Wilfred Owen
(1893 – 1918)
Dulce et Decorum Est (Poem)
# Armistice of 11 November 1918 – 2018

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L’esprit littéraire de la Grande Guerre à Redu

  

Redu, en tant que village du livre, ne peut célébrer le centième anniversaire de la fin de la Grande Guerre qu’en mettant à l’honneur la littérature de l’époque.

L’angle de vue choisi est celui de la poésie née sur, ou au plus près des champs de bataille et des tranchées.

Une poésie européenne au sens le plus large qui balaie l’Europe de la Russie aux Iles britanniques ; une poésie qui, pour exprimer la puissance de cette première conflagration mondiale en son effet sur le corps et sur les consciences, se cherche des formes nouvelles.

En ce début du vingtième siècle le soldat est scolarisé.

Il lit, il écrit : des lettres, des carnets d’instantanés, et de la poésie, qui rendent compte de l’instant d’angoisse, de désespoir, de sentiment d’abandon dans un monde devenu fou.

Ainsi la Grande Guerre donne-t-elle naissance à une poésie de l’instant vécu avec une intensité hors norme par des écrivains devenus combattants.

Ce parcours tracé dans les rues de Redu, les poèmes affichés aux murs du village, en témoignent.

 

 

Du 19 mai au 11 novembre 2018
Un circuit de 20 poèmes des soldats de la Grande Guerre.

https://www.redu-villagedulivre.be/fr/

 

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Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up in Victoria & Albert Museum London

 

Exhibition On now until Sunday, 4 November 2018
Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up
Experience a fresh perspective on Kahlo’s compelling life story through her most intimate personal belongings

This exhibition presents an extraordinary collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up offers a fresh perspective on the life story of this extraordinary artist, whose charisma and powerful sense of style continue to captivate. Never before seen, specially commissioned photography, shot at the Casa Azul in Mexico City show her distinctive Mexican outfits along with her self-portraits, an unprecedented pairing that is enriched by iconic images of the artist.

Book: Frida Kahlo – Making Her Self Up – offers a fresh perspective on the life story of this extraordinary artist, whose charisma and powerful sense of style continue to captivate. Never before seen, specially commissioned photography, shot at the Casa Azul in Mexico City show her distinctive Mexican outfits along with her self-portraits, an unprecedented pairing that is enriched by iconic images of the artist.

♦Includes six inset booklets, containing photographs of Kahlo’s most intimate possessions
♦16 page section showcasing Kahlo’s wardrobe, specially conserved and mounted
♦Spectacular details of embellishments and textiles

About the authors C. Wilcox and C. Henestrosa
Claire Wilcox is Senior Curator of Fashion at the V&A and Professor in Fashion Curation at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. She curated the exhibitions Vivienne Westwood (V&A, 2004), The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947–1957 (V&A, 2007) and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2015), and edited the accompanying catalogues. Circe Henestrosa is an independent curator and Head of the School of Fashion at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. She curated the exhibition Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo (Museo Frida Kahlo, Mexico City, 2012).

Format: Hardcover
ISBN 9781851779604
Dimensions 270 x 216 mm
Author: C.Wilcox and C.Henestrosa
Product code 153329
£30.00

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

# exhibition and publication
Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up
in Victoria and Albert Museum London

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Matthew Arnold: Requiescat

 

Requiescat

Strew on her roses, roses,
And never a spray of yew.
In quiet she reposes:
Ah! would that I did too.

Her mirth the world required:
She bathed it in smiles of glee.
But her heart was tired, tired,
And now they let her be.

Her life was turning, turning,
In mazes of heat and sound.
But for peace her soul was yearning,
And now peace laps her round.

Her cabin’d, ample Spirit,
It flutter’d and fail’d for breath.
To-night it doth inherit
The vasty hall of Death.

Matthew Arnold
(1822-1888)
poetry

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GONEWEST: Artistieke herdenking 100 jaar Groote Oorlog in West-Vlaanderen

De Provincie West-Vlaanderen herdenkt van 2014 tot en met 2018 op culturele wijze 100 jaar Groote Oorlog. Deze eigentijdse, toekomstgerichte en multidisciplinaire herdenking kreeg de naam ‘GoneWest’.

GoneWest verbindt talloze levensverhalen met gedegen historisch besef en ontsluit deze kleine en grote verhalen via muziek-, dans-, theaterevenementen, literatuur en beeldende kunst.

“…because his brother had gone west, raved at the bleeding war; his rampant grief moaned, shouted, sobbed, and choked, while he was kneeling half-naked on the floor. In my belief such men have lost all patriotic feeling.” Siegfried Sassoon

‘To go west’, een Engelse uitdrukking, die zoveel betekent als sterven, kreeg tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog een bijkomende betekenis mee. Het ten westen gaan van de doden, met de ondergaande zon mee, werd aan het geallieerde front meer dan zomaar een metafoor. Britten, Fransen en Belgen bezetten dan ook het westelijke deel van dat Westelijke Front, dat van het noorden naar het zuiden West-Vlaanderen en Noord-Frankrijk doorsneed. Hun gesneuvelden en gekwetsten brachten ze daarmee letterlijk naar het westen toe.

Expo 600.000 beeldjes – 600.000 namen

Ervaar vanaf april 2018 de indrukwekkende land-artinstallatie ComingWorldRememberMe in het provinciedomein De Palingbeek in Ieper.

Deze installatie strekt zich uit over het niemandsland en The Bluff, een van de zwaarst bevochten plekken van de Eerste Wereldoorlog. De 600.000 beeldjes krijgen een plaats tussen drie grote kunstwerken van kunstenaar Koen Vanmechelen.

Tienduizenden mensen uit Vlaanderen en de rest van de wereld hielpen ComingWordRememberMe tot stand komen: samen maakten ze 600.000 beeldjes. Bij elk beeldje hoort een dog tag, het universele identificatiesysteem voor frontsoldaten. De dog tags combineren telkens de naam van een WOI-slachtoffer met de naam van een maker van een beeldje. Elke dog tag verbindt zo letterlijk het verleden met het heden.

Een doorzichtig werk van kunstenaar Koen Vanmechelen biedt plaats aan de 600.000 dog tags. De namen van de oorlogsslachtoffers komen uit ‘De Namenlijst’. Het In Flanders Fields Museum in Ieper stelde deze digitale lijst met alle slachtoffers van WOI in België samen.

Het doorzichtige kunstwerk met de 600.000 dog tags krijgt een plaats in het paviljoen aan de start van het wandelparcours rond de land-artinstallatie. Het verenigt er letterlijk de verschillende nationaliteiten en generaties in de herdenking. Het engagement van al de betrokken mensen maakt van de land-art-installatie een grens- en generatie-overschrijdend symbool van vrede.

Tot eind mei 2018 kunt u bij uw bezoek aan het paviljoen een wandeling starten. Langs een deel van het wandeltraject hoort u op verschillende rustpunten oorlogspoëzie. De wandeling eindigt op de uitkijkbrug met een bijzonder uitzicht over de indrukwekkende land-artinstallatie.

Door het karakter van de locatie kan de volledige land-artinstallatie maar tijdelijk in het provinciaal domein De Palingbeek blijven staan. De dog-tags met de namen van oorlogsslachtoffers en peters en meters krijgen wel een definitieve plaats op het Niemandsland.

De organisatoren streven ernaar om de beeldjes na afloop van de expo op een respectvolle manier te verwijderen. Eind 2018 krijgen eerst alle peters en meters de kans om een beeldje uit de installatie op te halen. Voor de resterende beeldjes zoeken de initiatiefnemers een museale bestemming op verschillende locaties, zowel in België als in het buitenland.

Expo 600.000 beeldjes – 600.000 namen
Tot eind mei 2018

Koen Vanmechelen
Het oeuvre van kunstenaar Koen Vanmechelen is een voortdurende zoektocht naar de universele waarheid van ons bestaan. Met projecten als ‘The Cosmopolitan Chicken Project’, ‘The Open University of Diversity’ en ‘The Accident’, exploreert Koen Vanmechelen de terreinen van diversiteit en identiteit. Hij wordt hiervoor naar inhoud en verbeelding sinds jaren internationaal gerespecteerd. Het werk van Vanmechelen is een ode aan het leven en is bestemd voor de nieuwe kosmopolitische mens. Hij koestert culturele verschillen. Is ruimdenkend. Zoekt naar begrip van het andere. Leeft van constructieve confrontatie. Verlegt grenzen. Is uit op symbiose. Probeert de beladen begrippen ‘identiteit’ en ‘diversiteit’ te herdefiniëren in een wereld die ooit grenzeloos was en het ooit weer zal worden.Een filosofie die perfect aansluit bij het verhaal dat ComingWorldRememberMe wil vertellen dus.

Meer informatie op website:  http://www.koenvanmechelen.be  &  https://www.gonewest.be/

GONEWEST: Artistieke herdenking 100 jaar Groote Oorlog in West-Vlaanderen
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Dichter en schrijver F. Starik overleden

De Amsterdamse schrijver en dichter F.Starik (pseudoniem van Frank von der Möhlen) is vorige week vrijdag (16 maart 2018) overleden aan een hartstilstand. Hij was 59 jaar oud.

Starik schreef tien dichtbundels en was een van de dichters die bij toerbeurt in Amsterdam een speciaal geschreven gedicht voorlazen bij de uitvaart van eenzaam gestorven mensen.

Hij trad regelmatig op, op festivals als Oerol en Lowlands en literaire evenementen als De Nacht van de Poëzie en Crossing Border. Afgelopen zondag was zijn laatste optreden, op het internationale dichtersfestival StAnza, in Schotland.

F. Starik was stadsdichter van Amsterdam van 2010 tot 2012. Bij zijn afscheid als stadsdichter ontving hij van burgemeester Van der Laan het Ereteken van Verdienste.

# meer informatie over Starik is te vinden op de website van zijn uitgeverij Nieuw Amsterdam

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Expositie Charlotte Salomon in Joods Historisch Museum Amsterdam

Het Joods Historisch Museum markeert het honderdste geboortejaar van kunstenares Charlotte Salomon (1917-1943) met een bijzondere tentoonstelling gewijd aan haar artistieke nalatenschap: het kunstwerk Leven? of Theater?

 

Charlotte Salomon was 22 jaar toen ze in december 1938 vanuit Berlijn als vluchteling bij haar grootouders in Zuid-Frankrijk aankwam. Toen bij het uitbreken van de Tweede Wereldoorlog haar grootmoeder zelfmoord pleegde, begon Charlotte aan een ‘totaal waanzinnig project’ om mentaal te overleven. In vele honderden gouaches herschiep ze haar leven als een geschilderd theaterstuk. Charlotte Salomon werd in 1943 in Auschwitz vermoord.

Na de Tweede Wereldoorlog vonden haar vader en zijn vrouw Leven? of Theater? in Zuid-Frankrijk. Zij schonken het in 1971 aan het Joods Historisch Museum. De afgelopen decennia reisden delen van het werk langs musea wereldwijd. Salomons levenswerk heeft altijd intense reacties opgeroepen bij het publiek en inspireerde kunstenaars, filmers, schrijvers en choreografen tot eigen creaties. Het Joods Historisch Museum toont nu voor het eerst het werk in zijn totaal – ruim 800 gouaches.

 

Charlotte Salomon;
Leven? of theater?
Nog t/m 25 maart 2018

Joods Historisch Museum en JHM Kindermuseum
Nieuwe Amstelstraat 1
1011 PL Amsterdam

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Leigh HUNT: Deaths of Little Children

huntLEIGH011Deaths of Little Children
by Leigh Hunt

A Grecian philosopher being asked why he wept for the death of his son, since the sorrow was in vain, replied, “I weep on that account.” And his answer became his wisdom. It is only for sophists to contend that we, whose eyes contain the fountains of tears, need never give way to them. It would be unwise not to do so on some occasions. Sorrow unlocks them in her balmy moods. The first bursts may be bitter and overwhelming; but the soil on which they pour would be worse without them. They refresh the fever of the soul—the dry misery which parches the countenance into furrows, and renders us liable to our most terrible “flesh-quakes.”

There are sorrows, it is true, so great, that to give them some of the ordinary vents is to run a hazard of being overthrown. These we must rather strengthen ourselves to resist, or bow quietly and drily down, in order to let them pass over us, as the traveller does the wind of the desert. But where we feel that tears would relieve us, it is false philosophy to deny ourselves at least that first refreshment; and it is always false consolation to tell people that because they cannot help a thing, they are not to mind it. The true way is, to let them grapple with the unavoidable sorrow, and try to win it into gentleness by a reasonable yielding. There are griefs so gentle in their very nature that it would be worse than false heroism to refuse them a tear. Of this kind are the deaths of infants. Particular circumstances may render it more or less advisable to indulge in grief for the loss of a little child; but, in general, parents should be no more advised to repress their first tears on such an occasion, than to repress their smiles towards a child surviving, or to indulge in any other sympathy. It is an appeal to the same gentle tenderness; and such appeals are never made in vain. The end of them is an acquittal from the harsher bonds of affliction—from the typing down of the spirit to one melancholy idea.

It is the nature of tears of this kind, however strongly they may gush forth, to run into quiet waters at last. We cannot easily, for the whole course of our lives, think with pain of any good and kind person whom we have lost. It is the divine nature of their qualities to conquer pain and death itself; to turn the memory of them into pleasure; to survive with a placid aspect in our imaginations. We are writing at this moment just opposite a spot which contains the grave of one inexpressibly dear to us. We see from our window the trees about it, and the church spire. The green fields lie around. The clouds are travelling overhead, alternately taking away the sunshine and restoring it. The vernal winds, piping of the flowery summer-time, are nevertheless calling to mind the far-distant and dangerous ocean, which the heart that lies in that grave had many reasons to think of. And yet the sight of this spot does not give us pain. So far from it, it is the existence of that grave which doubles every charm of the spot; which links the pleasures of our childhood and manhood together; which puts a hushing tenderness in the winds, and a patient joy upon the landscape; which seems to unite heaven and earth, mortality and immortality, the grass of the tomb and the grass of the green field; and gives a more maternal aspect to the whole kindness of nature. It does not hinder gaiety itself. Happiness was what its tenant, through all her troubles, would have diffused. To diffuse happiness, and to enjoy it, is not only carrying on her wishes, but realising her hopes; and gaiety, freed from its only pollutions, malignity and want of sympathy, is but a child playing about the knees of its mother.

The remembered innocence and endearments of a child stand us instead of virtues that have died older. Children have not exercised the voluntary offices of friendship; they have not chosen to be kind and good to us; nor stood by us, from conscious will, in the hour of adversity. But they have shared their pleasures and pains with us as well as they could; the interchange of good offices between us has, of necessity, been less mingled with the troubles of the world; the sorrow arising from their death is the only one which we can associate with their memories. These are happy thoughts that cannot die. Our loss may always render them pensive; but they will not always be painful. It is a part of the benignity of Nature that pain does not survive like pleasure, at any time, much less where the cause of it is an innocent one. The smile will remain reflected by memory, as the moon reflects the light upon us when the sun has gone into heaven.

When writers like ourselves quarrel with earthly pain (we mean writers of the same intentions, without implying, of course, anything about abilities or otherwise), they are misunderstood if they are supposed to quarrel with pains of every sort. This would be idle and effeminate. They do not pretend, indeed, that humanity might not wish, if it could, to be entirely free from pain; for it endeavours, at all times, to turn pain into pleasure: or at least to set off the one with the other, to make the former a zest and the latter a refreshment. The most unaffected dignity of suffering does this, and, if wise, acknowledges it. The greatest benevolence towards others, the most unselfish relish of their pleasures, even at its own expense, does but look to increasing the general stock of happiness, though content, if it could, to have its identity swallowed up in that splendid contemplation. We are far from meaning that this is to be called selfishness. We are far, indeed, from thinking so, or of so confounding words. But neither is it to be called pain when most unselfish, if disinterestedness by truly understood. The pain that is in it softens into pleasure, as the darker hue of the rainbow melts into the brighter. Yet even if a harsher line is to be drawn between the pain and pleasure of the most unselfish mind (and ill-health, for instance, may draw it), we should not quarrel with it if it contributed to the general mass of comfort, and were of a nature which general kindliness could not avoid. Made as we are, there are certain pains without which it would be difficult to conceive certain great and overbalancing pleasures. We may conceive it possible for beings to be made entirely happy; but in our composition something of pain seems to be a necessary ingredient, in order that the materials may turn to as fine account as possible, though our clay, in the course of ages and experience, may be refined more and more. We may get rid of the worst earth, though not of earth itself.

Now the liability to the loss of children—or rather what renders us sensible of it, the occasional loss itself—seems to be one of these necessary bitters thrown into the cup of humanity. We do not mean that every one must lose one of his children in order to enjoy the rest; or that every individual loss afflicts us in the same proportion. We allude to the deaths of infants in general. These might be as few as we could render them. But if none at all ever took place, we should regard every little child as a man or woman secured; and it will easily be conceived what a world of endearing cares and hopes this security would endanger. The very idea of infancy would lose its continuity with us. Girls and boys would be future men and women, not present children. They would have attained their full growth in our imaginations, and might as well have been men and women at once. On the other hand, those who have lost an infant, are never, as it were, without an infant child. They are the only persons who, in one sense, retain it always, and they furnish their neighbours with the same idea. The other children grow up to manhood and womanhood, and suffer all the changes of mortality. This one alone is rendered an immortal child. Death has arrested it with his kindly harshness, and blessed it into an eternal image of youth and innocence.

Of such as these are the pleasantest shapes that visit our fancy and our hopes. They are the ever-smiling emblems of joy; the prettiest pages that wait upon imagination. Lastly, “Of these are the kingdom of heaven.” Wherever there is a province of that benevolent and all-accessible empire, whether on earth or elsewhere, such are the gentle spirits that must inhabit it. To such simplicity, or the resemblance of it, must they come. Such must be the ready confidence of their hearts and creativeness of their fancy. And so ignorant must they be of the “knowledge of good and evil,” losing their discernment of that self-created trouble, by enjoying the garden before them, and not being ashamed of what is kindly and innocent.

Deaths of Little Children
by Leigh Hunt (1784 – 1859)

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The DEATHS of the Poets by Michael Symmons Roberts & Paul Farley

What is the price of poetry? An examination of how the deaths of great poets have shaped our culture’s distorted sense of poetry.

From Chatterton’s Pre-Raphaelite demise to Keats’ death warrant in a smudge of arterial blood; from Dylan Thomas’s eighteen straight whiskies to Sylvia Plath’s desperate suicide in the gas oven of her Primrose Hill kitchen or John Berryman’s leap from a bridge onto the frozen Mississippi, the deaths of poets have often cast a backward shadow on their work.

The post-Romantic myth of the dissolute drunken poet – exemplified by Thomas and made iconic by his death in New York – has fatally skewed the image of poets in our culture. Novelists can be stable, savvy, politically adept and in control, but poets should be melancholic, doomed and self-destructive. Is this just a myth, or is there some essential truth behind it: that great poems only come when a poet’s life is pushed right to an emotional knife-edge of acceptability, safety, security? What is the price of poetry? In this book, two contemporary poets undertake a series of journeys – across Britain, America and Europe – to the death places of poets of the past, in part as pilgrims, honouring inspirational writers, but also as investigators, interrogating the myth. The result is a book that is, in turn, enlightening and provocative, eye-wateringly funny and powerfully moving.

Michael Symmons Roberts‘s sixth collection of poetry, Drysalter, was the winner of both the Forward Prize and the Costa Poetry Prize in 2013. He has published two novels, and is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Paul Farley is the author of four collections of poetry and has won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Whitbread Poetry Award and the E. M. Forster Award.
Edgelands, co-written with Michael Symmons Roberts, received the Royal Society of Literature’s Jerwood Award and the 2011 Foyles Best Book of Ideas Award and was serialised as Radio 4 Book of the Week.

The Deaths of the Poets
Michael Symmons Roberts & Paul Farley
ISBN : 9780224097543
Hardback, 400 pages
February 2017
Publisher: Random House Children’s Publishers UK

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Jeroen BROUWERS: De laatste deur (nieuwe herziene en uitgebreide editie)

De laatste deur (nieuwe herziene en zeer uitgebreide editie)
door Jeroen Brouwers

Liefde-literatuur-dood is de thematische drie-eenheid binnen het oeuvre van Jeroen Brouwers. Zijn fascinatie voor zelfmoord dateert van het begin van de jaren zeventig, toen een vriendin zich het leven had benomen. Brouwers’ wens om het zelfmoordraadsel te begrijpen resulteerde in het inmiddels legendarische boek De laatste deur.

Dit is de ingrijpend herziene en zeer uitgebreide editie van het dertig jaar geleden verschenen werk, dat handelt over de zelfverkozen dood van Nederlandstalige schrijvers. Vanuit gevoelens van mededogen, begrip en solidariteit met hen die in het verleden en de meer recente tijd de hand aan zichzelf sloegen (van wie hij er enkelen van zeer nabij heeft gekend), poogt Brouwers aan de hand van hun literaire werk een mogelijke verklaring te vinden voor hun ultieme daad.

Brouwers karakteriseert op integere en invoelende wijze uiteenlopende figuren als François Haverschmidt (Piet Paaltjens), Menno ter Braak, Halbo Kool, Jan Emmens, Jan Arends, Dirk de Witte, Jan Emiel Daele, Jotie T’Hooft en tal van anderen. Deze nieuwe editie bevat ook levensgeschiedenissen van overledenen in de laatste jaren: Adriaan Venema, Anil Ramdas, Nanne Tepper, Joost Zwagerman en Wim Brands.

Aan De laatste deur is een supplement toegevoegd (De zwarte zon, De versierde dood en verspreide opstellen) met essays over buitenlandse schrijvers en onderwerpen als zelfmoordverenigingen en –sekten, en geruchten en verzinsels over zelfmoord. Een aantal van deze opstellen is niet eerder in boekvorm verschenen.

Auteur(s) : Jeroen Brouwers
Uitgeverij : Atlas Contact
ISBN : 9789045021089
Taal : Nederlands
Uitvoering : Hardcover
Aantal pagina’s : 1400
Verschijningsdatum : 15-03-2017
Afmetingen : 314 x 254 x 27 mm.
Gewicht : 700 gr.

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