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· A Vertical Art: On Poetry by Simon Armitage · Bert Bevers: Nimmer schor is de maan · Bert Bevers: Alles moet · Ingeborg Bachmann: Verzamelde verhalen · Vincent Berquez: Who told who what · Bert Bevers: Kruisiging in schermopdeling · Bert Bevers: Eeuwenhout (Een droom) · The House of Twenty Thousand Books by Sasha Abramsky · Vincent Berquez: The Norwegian mother · Ari Banias: A Symmetry. Poems · Vincent Berquez: The art of divisibility · Bert & Peter Bevers: Mijn broertje vliegt

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A Vertical Art: On Poetry by Simon Armitage

From the UK Poet Laureate and bestselling translator, a spirited book that demystifies and celebrates the art of poetry today

In A Vertical Art, acclaimed poet Simon Armitage takes a refreshingly common-sense approach to an art form that can easily lend itself to grand statements and hollow gestures. Questioning both the facile and obscure ends of the poetry spectrum, he offers sparkling new insights about poetry and an array of favorite poets.

Based on Armitage’s public lectures as Oxford Professor of Poetry, A Vertical Art illuminates poets as varied as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, W. H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Thom Gunn, A. R. Ammons, and Claudia Rankine.

The chapters are often delightfully sassy in their treatment, as in “Like, Elizabeth Bishop,” in which Armitage dissects―and tallies―the poet’s predilection for similes.

He discusses Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize, poetic lists, poetry and the underworld, and the dilemmas of translating Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Armitage also pulls back the curtain on the unromantic realities of making a living as a contemporary poet, and ends the book with his own list of “Ninety-Five Theses” on the principles and practice of poetry.

An appealingly personal book that explores the volatile and disputed definitions of poetry from the viewpoint of a practicing writer and dedicated reader, A Vertical Art makes an insightful and entertaining case for the power and potential of poetry today.

A Vertical Art: On Poetry
by Simon Armitage (Author)
Publisher Princeton University Press
Section Poetry Criticism
Paperback
ISBN 9780691233109
May 24, 2022
Paperback
$22.95

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Bert Bevers: Nimmer schor is de maan

 

Nimmer schor is de maan

Zwier de korrels uit de aren, dorsers! Het bier en brood
van morgen moet jullie akkers uit. Op stille tenen verklaart
gelukkig de middag zich geduldig nader. Dat kreupelhout
onwillig is en de spar ontschorst. Dat regen op komst lijkt:

hoge wolken zijn gestreept als de borstveren van een havik.
De wijze weet dat de maan nimmer schor is en heeft een
naam die eigenlijk zachte dieren zouden moeten dragen.
Onderaan de dijk bloeit in pruilende klei de grote bevernel.

Bert Bevers
Nimmer schor is de maan
Gedicht
Verschenen in de catalogus Enghuizer dialogen, Hummelo, 2019

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Bert Bevers: Alles moet

Alles moet

Verblij me met het lijmen van tijden. Hoe
leven wonderschoon zich aan de mens gewoon

perfect voltrekt als alles goed gaat. Door denken
aan. Want alles moet. Niets gebeurt zomaar.

Zet aan het leven! Niets mis is er mee. Het is of
Fellini met een handycam achter ons loopt. Zo

Bert Bevers
Alles moet
Gedicht ongepubliceerd

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Ingeborg Bachmann: Verzamelde verhalen

Ingeborg Bachmann geldt als een van de belangrijkste schrijvers van de twintigste eeuw.

De stoutmoedigheid van de taal, de scherpte van haar inzicht en de energie van het gevoel vormen vanaf het begin de onverwisselbare eigenheid van haar proza.

Het laat mensen zien op het kruispunt van hun bestaan, vóór er ingrijpende beslissingen worden genomen.

Verzamelde verhalen bevat de bundel Het dertigste jaar, met de nadruk op het intellect, en de tien jaar later na een ernstige crisis gepubliceerde bundel Simultaan, met de nadruk op gevoel en liefde.

Daarnaast is de nooit eerder vertaalde vroege bundel Het veer opgenomen met een grote variatie aan onderwerpen.

Verzamelde verhalen
Auteur: Ingeborg Bachmann
Taal: Nederlands
Vertaling: Paul Beers
Uitgeverij Koppernik
Hardcover
Oorspronkelijke releasedatum
04 februari 2021
Aantal pagina’s: 504
EAN 9789083089850
€ 29.90

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Vincent Berquez: Who told who what

 

Who told who what

Theo told Guy and Guy told Declan
and Declan told Anne who told me
you were dead.
I told your ex-Chloe
and Chloe told your mother.
Jamie, your brother was told by Anne.
Philippa, your social worker already
knew for two days but told no one,
we had to find out from each other.
Jamie spoke to your mother
and your brothers and sister.
I told other friends who told me
they would come to your funeral.
The Crisis centre said they couldn’t talk to me
due to the Data Protection Act.
I couldn’t confirm any of the stories I was told.
The centre said they would get in touch
with me after checking who I was, but didn’t.
I was still waiting when I knew you had died.

Vincent Berquez
Poem: Who told who what
Vincent Berquez is a London–based artist and poet

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Bert Bevers: Kruisiging in schermopdeling

 

Kruisiging in schermopdeling

Mulier, ecce filius tuus … Ecce mater tua.

I

Dismas spreekt naar links. Gestas weigert nors
de bekoring van bekering. Willen die geschieden
gaan hem voorbij in de vaart van het duister. O,
ontraadseling: veel kleiner dan de lucht is huid.

II

Nog maar onlangs was Hij timmermanskind,
glimlachend jong. Nu vertrouwt Hij in Zijn
laatste strijd en nakend onweder de leerling
Zijn moeder, en haar hem toe. Maria’s wenen.

III

Nabij het Schedelveld verschieten hogepriesters
en tollenaren in hun gewaden vol verraad als het
bliksemt, de aarde trilt. Ze erkennen hun nederlaag
wel maar wensen er die naam niet aan te geven.

 

Bert Bevers
Kruisiging in schermopdeling
Verschenen in Kruiswoorden in Poëziepuntgl, Oosterbeek, 2017

Bert Bevers is dichter en schrijver
Hij woont en werkt in Antwerpen (Be)

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Bert Bevers: Eeuwenhout (Een droom)

 

Eeuwenhout
(Een droom)

Is het valsheid in geschrifte wanneer ik
uit vannacht noteer dat waar de paarden
graasden het gras weerbarstig was?

Streelde daar bij Eeuwenhout hun manen,
kende niet hun namen maar ze roken naar
de weergalm van gebeden uit een oude tijd.

Vervolgens stak ik langs diens linkerzijde
traag een heel lang mes het hart in van een
stille, vreemde man. Amper zat er bloed

aan toen ik het terugtrok. Hoe merkwaardig.
Je zou denken dat het er van druipen zou.
Wat smaakte even later toch het bier me goed.

Bert Bevers
Eeuwenhout (Een droom)
Verschenen in het Droomnummer van Gierik & NVT, Antwerpen, 2017

Bert Bevers is dichter en schrijver
Hij woont en werkt in Antwerpen (Be)

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The House of Twenty Thousand Books by Sasha Abramsky

A tender and compellling memoir of the author’s grandparents, their literary salon, and a way of life that is no more.

The House of Twenty Thousand Books is the story of Chimen Abramsky, an extraordinary polymath and bibliophile who amassed a vast collection of socialist literature and Jewish history. For more than fifty years Chimen and his wife, Miriam, hosted epic gatherings in their house of books that brought together many of the age’s greatest thinkers.

The atheist son of one of the century’s most important rabbis, Chimen was born in 1916 near Minsk, spent his early teenage years in Moscow while his father served time in a Siberian labor camp for religious proselytizing, and then immigrated to London, where he discovered the writings of Karl Marx and became involved in left-wing politics.

He briefly attended the newly established Hebrew University in Jerusalem, until World War II interrupted his studies.

Back in England, he married, and for many years he and Miriam ran a respected Jewish bookshop in London’s East End. When the Nazis invaded Russia in June 1941, Chimen joined the Communist Party, becoming a leading figure in the party’s National Jewish Committee. He remained a member until 1958, when, shockingly late in the day, he finally acknowledged the atrocities committed by Stalin. In middle age, Chimen reinvented himself once more, this time as a liberal thinker, humanist, professor, and manuscripts’ expert for Sotheby’s auction house.

Journalist Sasha Abramsky re-creates here a lost world, bringing to life the people, the books, and the ideas that filled his grandparents’ house, from gatherings that included Eric Hobsbawm and Isaiah Berlin to books with Marx’s handwritten notes, William Morris manuscripts and woodcuts, an early sixteenth-century Bomberg Bible, and a first edition of Descartes’s Meditations. The House of Twenty Thousand Books is a wondrous journey through our times, from the vanished worlds of Eastern European Jewry to the cacophonous politics of modernity.

The Book includes 43 photos.

“Sasha Abramsky’s account of his grandfather’s devotion to books and reading is a moving testimonial to the persistance of human curiosity in a world that seems to drift farther and farther from the delight of intellectual pursuits. It is a moving, instructive, astonishing account of one man’s love for the printed word that all readers will appreciate. The House of Twenty Thousand Books deserves twenty hundred thousand readers.”
— Alberto Manguel

Sasha Abramsky was born and raised in the UK, studied politics, philosophy and economics at Balliol College, Oxford, and moved to the US in my early 20s. He has lived and worked in London, New York, and in California. His writings have been published in the Nation magazine, the New Yorker online, the New York Times, Atlantic, Mother Jones, Truthout, Sacramento Magazine, Slate, Salon, and many other publications in the US. In the UK he has written for a number of publications, including the Guardian, the Observer, the Sunday Telegraph, and the New Statesman.

The House of Twenty Thousand Books
by Sasha Abramsky, with a new preface by the author
Publisher: ‎ New York Review Books
Reprint edition 2017
Language: ‎ English
Paperback
376 pages
ISBN-10: ‎ 1681371138
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1681371139
$17.95

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Vincent Berquez: The Norwegian mother

  

The Norwegian mother

She walks thinly along the narrow road
back to the school, as I walk towards her.
We stop and talk. She tells me that her
Illness has spread to her head. Her hand
radars around her face grimly.
What can you do? You carry on as you do
when you have three young children
who need your care. My family in Norway
are no help, nor is my husband’s here.
He has given up work to care for the kids.
Who cares for you? I ask.
Have you a good community around you?
The women of the mosque come round
with food every day.
They feed my husband and the family.
You carry on and don’t think about the future.
She looks at her watch. I apologise for taking up
her time. There is a recorder concert, she grins,
and presses ears in pretence of pain as she walks on.

Vincent Berquez
Poem: The Norwegian mother
Vincent Berquez is a London–based artist and poet

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Ari Banias: A Symmetry. Poems

Winner of the 2022 Publish Triangle Trans and Gender-Variant Literature Award. Finalist for the 2021 Northern California Book Award in Poetry.

A thrilling, discursive second collection from “a poet for this hour—bewildered, hopeful, and cracklingly alive” (Mark Doty).

The poems in Ari Banias’s thrilling and discursive second collection, A Symmetry, unsettle the myth of a benevolently ordered reality. Through uncanny repetitions and elliptical inquiry, Banias contends with the inscriptions of nationhood, language, and ancestral memory in the architectures of daily experience.

Refusing the nostalgias of classicism and the trap of authenticity, these poems turn instead to a Greece of garbage strikes and throwaway tourist pleasures, where bad gender means bad grammar, and a California coast where mansions offer themselves to be crushed under your thumb.

A piece of citrus hurled into one poem’s apartment window rolls downhill and escapes the narrative altogether in another. Farmers destroy their own olive trees, strangers mesmerize us as they fold sheets into perfect corners, “artists who design border wall prototypes are artists / who say they “leave politics out of it.’” Climate collapse and debt accelerate, and desire transforms itself in the ruins.

From within psychic interiors and iconic sites—the museum, the strip mall, the discotheque, the sea—A Symmetry attends to the intimate, social proportions of our material world and discerns the simmering potential of a present that “can be some other way. And is.”

Ari Banias is the author of Anybody, a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Center USA Award for Poetry. His poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review, Poetry, and the Nation, among other publications. He lives in Oakland, California.

Ari Banias:
A Symmetry
Poems
October 2021
Publishers: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 978-0-393-86813-5
112 pages
Hardcover
$26.95

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Vincent Berquez: The art of divisibility

 

The art of divisibility

She wants my time
but not in rows of measures
or in the control of mathematics
but in the hidden measurements
of being together, of feeling
without addition or subtraction.

Having someone’s space in time
is all that can be truly given freely.

When we adjust so time does,
as we shift to the warmth of company,

which is what can be said
for these moments of value
to be understood as precious.

We control time and divide it into two,
an equal share for both of us, as we
become living geometry and curve
around each other’s cogent and form.

Vincent Berquez
Poem: The art of divisibility
Vincent Berquez is a London–based artist and poet

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Bert & Peter Bevers: Mijn broertje vliegt

 

Mijn broertje vliegt

Voor mijn broer Peter

Ik kijk hoe onze vader af probeert te
drukken als mijn broertje door de lucht
beweegt. Kun je denken dat je vliegt
wanneer je amper weet dat je bestaat?

Niet zo heel ver weg van ons wieken
kraanvogels over deze lente heen. Licht
lijkt wel rood en motor mama tolt onder je
maar rond en rond zodat de lens bijna niet

weet hoe scherp te stellen. Daar blijf je dan
hangen op het ogenblik dat jij dat verre later
lijkt te weten. Je kijkt. Ik sta erbij en kijk
ernaar. Hoe hoog mijn broertje zweeft,

hoe blauw zijn broekje is. Hoe jong we zijn
besef ik al en ook hoe verder we nog mogen.
Hoe we leven in kamers zonder wolken.
Hoe rekbaar als de tijd wij schijnen.

Verschenen in de herinneringenspecial van
het tijdschrift G., Antwerpen, 2018

Gedicht: Bert Bevers
Illustratie: Peter Bevers
220922

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