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Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth: New and Selected Poems, 2001-2021 by Yusef Komunyakaa

New and selected poets from the

great Pulitzer Prize–winning poet


Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth brings together selected poems from the past twenty years of Yusef Komunyakaa’s work, as well as new poems from the Pulitzer Prize winner.

Komunyakaa’s masterful, concise verse conjures arresting images of peace and war, the natural power of the earth and of love, his childhood in the American South and his service in Vietnam, the ugly violence of racism in America, and the meaning of power and morality.

The new poems in this collection add a new refrain to the jazz-inflected rhythms of one of our “most significant and individual voices” (David Wojahn, Poetry).

Komunyakaa writes of a young man fashioning a slingshot, workers who “honor the Earth by opening shine / inside the soil,” and the sounds of a saxophone filling a dim lounge in New Jersey. As April Bernard wrote in The New York Times Book Review, “He refuses to be trivial; and he even dares beauty.”

These songs run along dirt roads
& highways, crisscross lonely seas
& scale mountains, traverse skies
& underworlds of neon honkytonk,
Wherever blues dare to travel.

Yusef Komunyakaa (born James William Brown, April 29, 1941) is an American poet who teaches at New York University and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Komunyakaa is a recipient of the 1994 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, for Neon Vernacular and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He also received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Komunyakaa received the 2007 Louisiana Writer Award for his enduring contribution to the poetry world. His subject matter ranges from the black experience through rural Southern life before the Civil Rights era and his experience as a soldier during the Vietnam War.

Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth:
New and Selected Poems, 2001-2021
by Yusef Komunyakaa
Publisher: ‎ Farrar, Straus and Giroux
(June 15, 2021)
Language: ‎ English
288 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0374600139
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0374600136
Hardcover $25.60
Paperback $18.00

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Banned Books Week: Defend free expression, support persecuted writers, and promote literary culture

September 26 – October 2 for the 2021
celebration of the right to read!

Across the United States, divisive book bans and censorious threats have taken hold in schools, academia, and the public square, particularly in regards to books that center racism, history, and diversity. This has raised questions: Who is allowed to be heard? Who decides? This year, as we celebrate Banned Books Week, PEN America uplifts the books, authors, teachers, and writers who insist on telling stories and examining history with truth, honesty, and complexity.

In an effort to unpack these current challenges, PEN America is hosting a series of virtual and in-person events. These events will offer a clear-eyed view of the current assaults on the freedom to express, the freedom to read, and the freedom to learn.

Join PEN America Today
Defend free expression, support persecuted writers, and promote literary culture.

Read more about what PEN America is doing to fight back against book bans during 2021 Banned Books Week.


September 26 – October 2 for the 2021
celebration of the right to read!

Banned Books Week is the annual celebration of the freedom to read. The event is sponsored by a coalition of organizations dedicated to free expression, including American Booksellers Association; American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of University Presses; Authors Guild; Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE); Freedom to Read Foundation; Index on Censorship; National Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; PEN America; People For the American Way Foundation; and Project Censored. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Banned Books Week also receives generous support from DKT Liberty Project and Penguin Random House.

Read more about the 2021 Banned Books Week.



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Lilia Hassaine: Soleil amer

À la fin des années 50, dans la région de l’Aurès en Algérie, Naja élève seule ses trois filles depuis que son mari Saïd a été recruté pour travailler en France.

Quelques années plus tard, devenu ouvrier spécialisé, il parvient à faire venir sa famille en région parisienne. Naja tombe enceinte, mais leurs conditions de vie ne permettent pas au couple d’envisager de garder l’enfant…

Avec ce second roman, Lilia Hassaine aborde la question de l’intégration des populations algériennes dans la société française entre le début des années 60 et la fin des années 80. De l’âge d’or des cités HLM à leur abandon progressif, c’est une période charnière qu’elle dépeint d’un trait. Une histoire intense, portée par des personnages féminins flamboyants.

Lilia Hassaine
Soleil amer
Collection Blanche, Gallimard
Parution : 19-08-2021
160 pages, 140 x 205 mm
Genre : Romans et récits
Littérature française
ISBN : 9782072952173
Code distributeur : G05672
Livre imprimé €16,90

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The Nightfields by Joanna Klink

Joanna Klink‘s fifth book begins with poems of personal loss–a tree ripped out by a windstorm, a friendship broken off after decades, the nearing death of parents.

Other poems take on the cost of not loving fully, or are written from bewilderment at the accumulation of losses and at the mercilessness of having, as one ages, to rule things out. There are elegies for friends, and a group of devotional poems.

The Nightfields closes with thirty-one metaphysical poems inspired by the artist James Turrell’s Roden Crater, an extinct volcano in Arizona that Turrell has been transforming into an observatory for the perception of time. The sequence unfolds as a series of revelations that begin in psychic fear and move gradually toward the possibility of infinitude and connection.

Joanna Klink is the author of five books of poetry. She has received awards and fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, Jeannette Haien Ballard, Civitella Ranieri, the Bogliasco Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Trust of Amy Lowell, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She is teaching at the Michener Center in Austin. Her most recent book, The Nightfields, was published July 7, 2020 by Penguin Books.

( . . . )
When the wind pushes
branches in and out of
shade it is an opening,
as every small gesture
toward another person is
incomprehensibly alive.
Will you be part of the
stoneless passage?
( . . . )

A new collection from a poet whose books “are an amazing experience: harrowing, ravishing, essential, unstoppable” (Louise Glück)

The Nightfields
by Joanna Klink (Author)
Publisher: ‎Penguin Books
July 7, 2020
Language: ‎English
Paperback: ‎112 pages
ISBN-10: ‎ 0143135392
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0143135395
Price: $20.00

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I Am An Island by Tamsin Calidas

When Tamsin Calidas first arrives on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides, it feels like coming home.


Disenchanted by London, she and her husband left the city and high-flying careers to move the 500 miles north, despite having absolutely no experience of crofting, or of island life. It was idyllic, for a while.

But as the months wear on, the children she’d longed for fail to materialise, and her marriage breaks down, Tamsin finds herself in ever-increasing isolation. Injured, ill, without money or friend she is pared right back, stripped to becoming simply a raw element of the often harsh landscape. But with that immersion in her surroundings comes the possibility of rebirth and renewal. Tamsin begins the slow journey back from the brink.

Startling, raw and extremely moving, I Am An Island is a story about the incredible ability of the natural world to provide when everything else has fallen away – a stunning book about solitude, friendship, resilience and self-discovery.

Tamsin Calidas is a writer and photographer living in the wilds of the Scottish Hebrides. She worked in London before giving it all up in 2004 to move to a tiny, remote island in Scotland to run a derelict croft with sheep and horses.

I Am An Island
by Tamsin Calidas
Language: ‎English
304 pages
ISBN-10: ‎ 0857526650
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0857526656
Hardcover $23.25
Paperback $14.50

Ik ben een eiland
door Tamsin Calidas
Vertaling Hans Kloos
ISBN 9789083095394
Uitgeverij Pluim
320 pagina’s
Paperback € 22,99

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Kaveh Akbar: Pilgrim Bell. Poems

Kaveh Akbar’s exquisite, highly anticipated follow-up to Calling a Wolf a Wolf.

With formal virtuosity and ruthless precision, Kaveh Akbar’s second collection takes its readers on a spiritual journey of disavowal, fiercely attendant to the presence of divinity where artifacts of self and belonging have been shed. How does one recover from addiction without destroying the self-as-addict?

And if living justly in a nation that would see them erased is, too, a kind of self-destruction, what does one do with the body’s question, “what now shall I repair?” Here, Akbar responds with prayer as an act of devotion to dissonance―the infinite void of a loved one’s absence, the indulgence of austerity, making a life as a Muslim in an Islamophobic nation―teasing the sacred out of silence and stillness.

Richly crafted and generous, Pilgrim Bell’s linguistic rigor is tuned to the register of this moment and any moment. As the swinging soul crashes into its limits, against the atrocities of the American empire, and through a profoundly human capacity for cruelty and grace, these brilliant poems dare to exist in the empty space where song lives―resonant, revelatory, and holy.

Kaveh Akbar founded and edits Divedapper, where he interviews major voices in contemporary poetry. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Tin House, APR, PBS NewsHour, and elsewhere. He is the author of the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic (Sibling Rivalry Press, January 2017) and full-length collection Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books, September 2017). Akbar has received a Pushcart and a Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. In 2016, Akbar was a recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. He was born in Tehran, Iran, and is currently a professor in the MFA program at Purdue University and in the low-residency program at Randolph College.

(. . .)
Corporeal friends are
spiritual enemies, said
Blake, probably gardening

in the nude. Today I’m trying
to scowl more, mismatch
my lingerie. Nobody
seems bothered enough.
(. . .)

Pilgrim Bell
by Kaveh Akbar
Publisher: ‎ Graywolf Press
August 3, 2021
Language: ‎ English
80 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1644450593
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1644450598

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De elfde editie van Lustwarande, STATIONS, die terugblikt op twintig jaar expositiepraktijk in De Oude Warande, is nog drie weken te zien (tot 3 oktober 2021).

Museumtijdschrift afgelopen week over STATIONS:
“De installatie (van Navid Nuur (red.)) laat dan ook de kracht zien van Lustwarande, die dit jaar geen overkoepelend thema kent: door gebruik te maken van de natuurlijke omgeving komt het werk van iedere kunstenaar telkens even verrassend, maar treffend tot zijn recht.”

STATIONS verwijst naar het moment dat de kunstenaars deelnamen aan Lustwarande in het begin van hun loopbaan, of juist later, op diverse tijdstippen in een spanne van twintig jaar, soms herhaaldelijk – en de huidige fase in hun carrière, nu ze allen midcareer en established zijn. Tegelijk verwijst de titel naar de voor de locatie zo essentiële seizoenswisselingen en naar de staties van het leven, naar het verstrijken van de tijd, naar transformatie en vergankelijkheid, en naar het voor Lustwarande en aanverwante buitenexposities zo belangrijke aspect wandelen. Waar je als wandelaar bij de afzonderlijke beelden, staties op zich, halt houdt, ontvouwen zich nieuwe verhalen, die voelbaar maar niet direct aanwijsbaar onderling verbonden zijn.

3 juli – 3 oktober 2021
Park De Oude Warande, Tilburg

Good art revolutionizes your whole being. It is something that stops you, or slows you down – Ugo Rondinone

Dit jaar blikt Lustwarande met trots terug op twintig jaar expositiepraktijk in De Oude Warande. Voor STATIONS zijn daarom alleen kunstenaars uitgenodigd die, veelal als jonge talenten, eerder aan Lustwarande hebben deelgenomen. De geselecteerde kunstenaars, twaalf uit een lijst van honderdvijfenzeventig, hebben sinds hun eerdere deelname oeuvres ontwikkeld die inmiddels bepalend zijn voor de internationale sculpturale canon en zijn daarom van groot belang om getoond te worden.

Deelnemende kunstenaars: Monica Bonvicini (IT) – Tom Claassen (NL) – Michel François & Douglas Eynon (BE/GB) – Gereon Krebber (DE) – Mark Manders (NL) – Navid Nuur (IR/NL) – Thomas Rentmeister (DE) – Ugo Rondinone (CH) – Maria Roosen (NL) – Marien Schouten (NL) – Erwin Wurm (AU)

Curator: Chris Driessen, artistiek directeur Lustwarande
Bezoekadres: Lustwarande – Platform for Contemporary Sculpture, park De Oude
Warande, Bredaseweg 441, Tilburg


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No One Is Talking About This: A Novel by Patricia Lockwood

As this urgent, genre-defying book opens, a woman who has recently been elevated to prominence for her social media posts travels around the world to meet her adoring fans.

She is overwhelmed by navigating the new language and etiquette of what she terms “the portal,” where she grapples with an unshakable conviction that a vast chorus of voices is now dictating her thoughts. When existential threats—from climate change and economic precariousness to the rise of an unnamed dictator and an epidemic of loneliness—begin to loom, she posts her way deeper into the portal’s void.

An avalanche of images, details, and references accumulate to form a landscape that is post-sense, post-irony, post-everything. “Are we in hell?” the people of the portal ask themselves. “Are we all just going to keep doing this until we die?”

Suddenly, two texts from her mother pierce the fray: “Something has gone wrong,” and “How soon can you get here?” As real life and its stakes collide with the increasingly absurd antics of the portal, the woman confronts a world that seems to contain both an abundance of proof that there is goodness, empathy, and justice in the universe, and a deluge of evidence to the contrary.

Fragmentary and omniscient, incisive and sincere, No One Is Talking About This is at once a love letter to the endless scroll and a profound, modern meditation on love, language, and human connection from a singular voice in American literature.

Patricia Lockwood is the author of a novel, No One Is Talking About This; a memoir, Priestdaddy; and two poetry collections, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals and Balloon Pop Outlaw Black. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the London Review of Books, where she is a contributing editor. Her works have been selected for series such as the Best American Essays, the Best American Poetry, and the Norton Anthology of American Literature. She lives in Savannah, Georgia.

No One Is Talking About This
by Patricia Lockwood
February 16, 2021
Publisher: ‎Riverhead Books
Language:‎ English
224 pages
ISBN-10: ‎ 0593189582
ISBN-13: 978-0593189580

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‘Time Is a Mother’ new poetry by Ocean Vuong

A highly anticipated collection of new poems from the award-winning writer Ocean Vuong: Time Is a Mother.

How else do we return to ourselves but to fold
The page so it points to the good part

In this deeply intimate second poetry collection, Ocean Vuong searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death, embodying the paradox of sitting within grief while being determined to survive beyond it. Shifting through memory, and in concert with the themes of his novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Vuong contends with personal loss, the meaning of family, and the cost of being the product of an American war in America. At once vivid, brave, and propulsive, Vuong’s poems circle fragmented lives to find both restoration as well as the epicenter of the break.

The author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds, winner of the 2016 Whiting Award, the 2017 T. S. Eliot Prize, and a 2019 MacArthur fellow, Vuong writes directly to our humanity without losing sight of the current moment. These poems represent a more innovative and daring experimentation with language and form, illuminating how the themes we perennially live in and question are truly inexhaustible. Bold and prescient, and a testament to tenderness in the face of violence, Time Is a Mother is a return and a forging forth all at once.

Ocean Vuong is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds and the New York Times bestselling novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. A recipient of the 2019 MacArthur “Genius” Grant, he is also the winner of the Whiting Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. His writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Time Is a Mother
By Ocean Vuong
ISBN-13: 9780593300237
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2022
Pages: 128

This item will be available on April 5, 2022
Available for Pre-Order.

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Ocean Vuong: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.

With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.

Ocean Vuong is the author of the debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, out from Penguin Press (2019) and forthcoming in 12 other languages worldwide. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, his honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize.

Vuong’s writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Harpers, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a 2016 100 Leading Global Thinker, alongside Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon and Justin Trudeau, Ocean was also named by BuzzFeed Books as one of “32 Essential Asian American Writers” and has been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” PBS NewsHour, Teen Vogue, VICE, The Fantastic Man, and The New Yorker.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at Umass-Amherst.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Paperback
by Ocean Vuong
1 Sept. 2020
Hardcover £19.17
Paperback £6.95
256 pages
Language: English
Publisher: Vintage
Dimensions 12.9 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
ISBN-10 : 1529110688
ISBN-13 : 978-1529110685

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‘Pelgrimsgrond’ nieuwe dichtbundel van Albert Hagenaars

Net als de vorige dichtbundels van Albert Hagenaars kent Pelgrimsgrond een strakke thematische indeling. In zeven reeksen van elk zeven gedichten roept hij ditmaal herinneringen op aan momenten dat hij kort maar heftig of juist blijvend getroffen werd door poëzie, schilderijen, muziek en films, herbeleeft hij de glorie en teloorgang van de liefde en bezoekt hij plaatsen die niet alleen cultureel maar ook sacraal van betekenis zijn.

De lezer komt in Pelgrimsgrond Charles Baudelaire en de Middeleeuwse mystica Hadewych tegen, beschouwt schilderijen van Edward Hopper, Edvard Munch en Egon Schiele, hoort muziek van Jacob Obrecht en Gustav Mahler, ziet films als Der Tod in Venedig en The crying game en doet bedevaartplaatsen aan in Cambodja, China, Litouwen, Noorwegen en Polen. Pelgrimsgrond verbindt hierbij telkens individuele gebeurtenissen met algemene, het verleden met het heden, onvermogen met prestatie, realiteit met verbeelding.

Door alle gedichten heen klinken de bastonen van Hagenaars’ vertrouwde thema’s: levensdrang; erotiek en vruchtbaarheid; het belang van reizen en identiteit; de fascinatie voor de eindeloos uit te vouwen werkelijkheid.

Albert Hagenaars debuteerde in 1979 bij Poëzie-uitgeverij WEL met de bundel Stadskoorts. In deze uitgave treft de lezer al volop kenmerken van het latere werk aan. Inhoudelijk zijn dat onderwerpen als het reizen, vervreemding en identiteit. Formeel is er al een duidelijke tendens naar één, in cycli verdeeld geheel.

Zijn tweede bundel, Spertijd kent drie even grote delen met aandacht voor respectievelijk 1) portretten van Europese steden, 2) Parijs, waar de dichter inzoomt op fysieke aspecten zoals de metro en de RER, stations en pleinen, een rosse buurt, park, paleis, voorstad enzovoort en 3) het nachtleven op anoniem geworden plaatsen.

Ook de volgende bundels zijn ter wille van de helderheid strak thematisch geordend, het meest symbolisch in Tropendrift. Dit boek, dat in het NL en Engels tegelijk verscheen, volgt qua compositie zowel in traject als verblijfsduur een reis. Het is gewijd aan bezochte plaatsen in Zuidoost-Azië: Thailand, Maleisië & Singapore, Sumatra, Java , Bali , Singapore & Maleisië en opnieuw Thailand.

Later verscheen ook een volledig Indonesische versie, gemaakt door de bekende vertaler Landung Simatupang.
In Tropendrift speelt de geschiedenis een belangrijke rol, zowel op het algemene niveau van politiek, religie en oorlog, als op het persoonlijke van familiebetrekkingen en relaties tussen man en vrouw, tussen ouders en kinderen, tussen west en oost.

In Bloedkrans, bestaande uit 4 delen van elk 20 gedichten, brengt Albert Hagenaars vooral liefde, lust en dood samen. In dit boek, geschreven in het verhoopte midden van z’n eigen leven, koppelt de dichter herinneringen en eigen ervaringen aan wereldgebeurtenissen en omgekeerd. Nog nadrukkelijker dan voorheen richt hij zich hier op de thematiek van vruchtbaarheid. De drang tot overleven vormt voor elke cultuur in sterke mate de basis van het geloof.

De nieuwe, dit jaar te verschijnen bundel Pelgrimsgrond, bevat zeven reeksen van elk zeven gedichten, alle in het teken van de belangrijkste invloeden die Albert Hagenaars in zijn kunstenaarsleven heeft ondergaan.
I     TE WOORD (over leven en werk van dichters)
II    ONDER OGEN (over leven en werk van schilders)
III   TUSSEN DE OREN (over leven en werk van componisten)
IV   SNIJWERK (over specifiek genoemde films)
V    BEKORING (over glorie en teloorgang van liefdes)
VI   BEDEVAART (over bezochte pelgrimsoorden)
VII  IDOLEN (over goden en godheden)

Het motto van dit boek is onderstaande haiku van Matsuo Kimera:

reizen naar schrijnen
die wachten op wie ze zelf
zal moeten vullen

• Albert Hagenaars (Bergen op Zoom, 1955) was aanvankelijk werkzaam als beeldend kunstenaar en galeriehouder. Hij studeerde Nederlands en bracht veel tijd in Frankrijk door. In 1980 koos hij voor de literatuur. Werk van zijn hand verscheen in talrijke bladen en bloemlezingen, waaronder Maatstaf, De Tweede Ronde, Literair Akkoord, Raster, Poëziekrant en ‘De Nederlandse poëzie van de negentiende en twintigste eeuw in 1000 en enige gedichten’. Behalve gedichten, romans en vertalingen schrijft hij ook kritieken over literatuur en moderne beeldende kunst voor tal van bladen. Hagenaars werkt vaak samen met kunstenaars en musici en ook met collega’s uit andere taalgebieden. Enkele van zijn boeken werden vertaald; in het Duits, Frans, Indonesisch en Roemeens. Enkele componisten maakten muziek bij werk van Albert Hagenaars. Hagenaars maakte veel reizen, door o.a. de Verenigde Staten, Latijns-Amerika en het Verre Oosten. De laatste jaren woont hij deels in Indonesië, het geboorteland van zijn vrouw, Siti Wahyuningsih, met wie hij al ruim 200 Nederlandstalige gedichten van bekende en onbekende auteurs in Bahasa Indonesia vertaalde en publiceerde. (

# new poetry
Albert Hagenaars
Uitgeverij In de Knipscheer
ISBN 978-94-93214-32-3
84 pagina’s
Prijs ca. € 17,50
Verschijnt September 2021

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Charles Baudelaire

De plavuizen waren hard in de Saint-Loup
maar minder dan de hospitaalbedden die wachtten.

Al voor de val begon de glijvlucht in de afasie
op uiteindelijk dat ene woord na. Inniger

klampte hij zich daaraan vast dan aan de trouwe
hoer die het venijn om zijn jeugd heen schoof.

Alles nog weten, wensen te kunnen. Hij scherpte
z’n zinnen aan de krimpende ring van de spraak

waar hij ooit met pijnlijk geduld het ingesnoerde vel
van vermocht te tuchtigen tot schandaal en verbod.

Hij rook de wierook weer, mama, en werd jonger
dan in zijn oudste gedicht, waarde elke nacht

dagenlang tussen bezielde stammen rond, versloeg
als Lupus de draak die alle woorden verslond,

en kletste en zwetste, tierde als nooit tevoren,

kwam niet meer tot bedaren.

Albert Hagenaars

Uit: Pelgrimsgrond

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