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· Joe Hill’s Last Will (Poem written in his cell on the eve of his execution) · Joe Hill: Ta-Ra-Ra Boom De-Ay (Song) · POËZIEWEEK IN NEDERLAND EN VLAANDEREN 2020 · Montague Horatio Mostyn Turtle Pigott: Editors Note (Poem) · Montague Horatio Mostyn Turtle Pigott: A Lament (Poem) · Poëziepaleis zoekt jong talent! · Montague Horatio Mostyn Turtle Pigott: A Little Novel (in four little chapters) (Poem) · Montague Horatio Mostyn Turtle Pigott: Melody versus Malady (Poem) · Montague Horatio Mostyn Turtle Pigott: The Philatelist (Poem) · Montague Horatio Mostyn Turtle Pigott: The Lion (Poem) · In de man zit nog een jongen. Willem Wilmink – De biografie door Elsbeth Etty · Poëzieweek & Gedichtendag 2019 (31 januari t.m. 6 februari)

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Joe Hill’s Last Will (Poem written in his cell on the eve of his execution)

Last Will

My will is easy to decide,
For there is nothing to divide.
My kind don’t need to fuss and moan —
“Moss does not cling to a rolling stone.”

My body? Ah, If I could choose,
I would to ashes it reduce,
And let the merry breezes blow
My dust to where some flowers grow.

Perhaps some fading flower then
Would come to life and bloom again.
This is my last and final will.
Good luck to all of you.

Joe Hill
(1879-1915)
Last Will
Written in his cell on the eve of his execution

Joe Hill was sentenced to death after being accused of the murder of two shopkeepers. His conviction is often disputed by historians. On November 18, 1915, one day before his execution, he wrote his last will. On that same day, he sent a telegram to fellow IWW member Bill Haywood, telling him: “Don’t waste time mourning – Organize!”

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Joe Hill: Ta-Ra-Ra Boom De-Ay (Song)

 

Ta-Ra-Ra Boom De-Ay

I had a job once threshing wheat, worked sixteen hours with hands and feet.
And when the moon was shining bright, they kept me working all the night.
One moonlight night, I hate to tell, I “accidentally” slipped and fell.
My pitchfork went right in between some cog wheels of that thresh-machine.

Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay!
It made a noise that way.
And wheels and bolts and hay,
Went flying every way.
That stingy rube said, “Well!
A thousand gone to hell.”
But I did sleep that night,
I needed it all right.

Next day that stingy rube did say, “I’ll bring my eggs to town today;
You grease my wagon up, you mutt, and don’t forget to screw the nut.”
I greased his wagon all right, but I plumb forgot to screw the nut,
And when he started on that trip, the wheel slipped off and broke his hip.

Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay!
It made a noise that way,
That rube was sure a sight,
And mad enough to fight;
His whiskers and his legs
Were full of scrambled eggs;
I told him, “That’s too bad —
I’m feeling very sad.”

And then that farmer said, “You turk! I bet you are an I-Won’t Work.”
He paid me off right there, By Gum! So I went home and told my chum.
Next day when threshing did commence, my chum was Johnny on the fence;
And ‘pon my word, that awkward kid, he dropped his pitchfork, like I did.

Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay!
It made a noise that way,
And part of that machine
Hit Reuben on the bean.
He cried, “Oh me, oh my;
I nearly lost my eye.”
My partner said, “You’re right —
It’s bedtime now, good night.”

But still that rube was pretty wise, these things did open up his eyes.
He said, “There must be something wrong; I think I work my men too long.”
He cut the hours and raised the pay, gave ham and eggs for every day,
Now gets his men from union hall, and has no “accidents” at all.

Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay!
That rube is feeling gay;
He learned his lesson quick,
Just through a simple trick.
For fixing rotten jobs
And fixing greedy slobs,
This is the only way,
Ta-ra-ra-boom-de-ay!

Joe Hill
(1879-1915)
Ta-Ra-Ra Boom De-Ay
Song

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POËZIEWEEK IN NEDERLAND EN VLAANDEREN 2020

 

 

 

 

 

POËZIEWEEK IN NEDERLAND EN VLAANDEREN 2020
nog t/m 5 februari 2020
# meer informatie op website poëzieweek:
https://www.poezieweek.com/

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Montague Horatio Mostyn Turtle Pigott: Editors Note (Poem)

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Editors Note

A haggard youth with glittering eye
Into our presence sped;
He placed these verses on our desk,
A pistol at our head.
Well, we didn’t much want to be bored with his
lead.

So our readers we bore with his verses instead.

Montague Horatio Mostyn Turtle Pigott
(1865–1927)
Editors Note (Poem)
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Montague Horatio Mostyn Turtle Pigott: A Lament (Poem)

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A Lament

They beat me black; they beat me blue,

Until my rue-
-ful visage would not bear inspection;

They broke me, too,

Though ’twas I who
Was once considered quite perfection.

How things are changed ! I once was great,

But yet of late
IVe fallen from my proud position ;

Hard is my fate,

I’m out of date ;
How altered now is my condition !

How will it end? What’s Fate’s decree?

Perchance Til be
Hung high as Haman by a neck-cord ;

Oh ! pity me,

For here you see
A broken, battered, shattered record.

Montague Horatio Mostyn Turtle Pigott
(1865–1927)
A Lament (Poem)
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Poëziepaleis zoekt jong talent!

 

Kinderen & Poëzie is een landelijke dichtwedstrijd voor kinderen van 6 t/m 12 jaar die het leuk vinden om gedichten te schrijven.
Wanneer mag je meedoen?
– Als je 6 t/m 12 jaar oud bent;
– Als je in groep 3 t/m 8 van de basisschool zit;
– Als je op het speciaal onderwijs zit; je mag dan zelfs meedoen als je ouder bent dan 12. Geef dit dan aan bij opmerkingen op het wedstrijdformulier.

En verder is er de dichtwedstrijd Doe Maar Dicht Maar.
Kun jij goed schrijven? Ben jij creatief met woorden en heb je gevoel voor dichten, rappen of songteksten schrijven? Doe dan gauw mee met de dichtwedstrijd Doe Maar Dicht Maar. De honderd beste gedichten winnen een plekje in een mooie dichtbundel!
– Je bent 12 t/m 18 jaar;
– Je spreekt en schrijft Nederlands;
– Je zit op het VMBO/ Havo/ VWO/ ROC of MBO;
– Je zit op de eerste t/m de derde graad van het secundair onderwijs in België.

Hoe kun je meedoen?
De deadline van de beide wedstrijden is 10 februari 2020.

Wie meer wil weten over de voorwaarden om deel te nemen en welke prijzen er te winnen zijn, kan meer vinden op de website van POËZIEPALEIS

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Montague Horatio Mostyn Turtle Pigott: A Little Novel (in four little chapters) (Poem)

 

A Little Novel
(in four little chapters)

CHAP. I

A little nook in garden shady;

A little squeeze of finger-tips ;
A little question to a lady;

A little “Yes** from rosy lips.

CHAP. II

A little flirting with another;

A little shadow on a blind;
A little tiff, a little bother:

A little bit of Beauty’s mind.

CHAP. III

A little coolness in the greeting;

A little rift within the lute;
A little hour of wild entreating;

A little lady, proudly mute.

CHAP. IV

A little note of sad upbraiding ;

A little poison in a glass;
A little willow-tree o’ershading

A little tomb-stone in the grass.

 

Montague Horatio Mostyn Turtle Pigott
(1865–1927)
Melody versus Malady (Poem)
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Montague Horatio Mostyn Turtle Pigott: Melody versus Malady (Poem)

Melody versus Malady

[The Lancet recently discussed the value of music in the
treatment of disease.]

Away with all doctors and physic-concocters !

Down with surgeons and down with physicians !
In future hautboys will replace • doctor’s boys,

And when ailing we’ll send for musicians.

The gentle guitar will soon banish catarrh,

The organ organic diseases ;
The ophicleide serves to establish the nerves,

The mandolin measles appeases.

If you catch influenza just try a cadenza
On the harmless and homely harmonium,

And if you complain of a sprain or a strain
Then summon the soothing euphonium.

Try the cornet for corns and for ague French horns,
And if you should feel very sick or low

Try an air on the lute, a few notes from the flute.
Or the piercing yet popular piccolo.

Montague Horatio Mostyn Turtle Pigott
(1865–1927)
Melody versus Malady (Poem)
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Montague Horatio Mostyn Turtle Pigott: The Philatelist (Poem)

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The Philatelist*

(*A man who collects stamps cares for nothing else in the world.)

” O come,” said Music, “come with me ;

To Adelina Patti list;
Melt in her magic melody ” —

“I shan’t !” quoth the Philatelist.

“Come,” said the Gourmand, “come with me.

And try the varied Gatti-list;
I prithee, try Gastronomy” —

“I won’t!” quoth the Philatelist.

” Come,” said the Eightsman, ” come with me”,

And to the merry rattle list;
“Come, join our cheery crew, and we ” —

” Please go!” quoth the Philatelist.

” Come”, said the Farmer, ” come with me”.

And to my lowing cattle list :
“They’re’ slowly winding o’er the lea ” —

” Let them !” quoth the Philatelist.

“Come,” said the Mother, “come with me,
And to my cherub’s prattle list ;

Come, take the babe upon thy knee” —
“No, thanks!” quoth the Philatelist

“Come,” said the Warrior, “come with me,

And to the roar of battle list;
Come, join our valiant company” —

“Not me!” quoth the Philatelist.

“Come,” said Society, “with me,

And to my tittle-tattle list;
“Come, try the World, the Flesh, the D— “

“Get out!” quoth the Philatelist.

Montague Horatio Mostyn Turtle Pigott
(1865–1927)
The Philatelist (Poem)
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Montague Horatio Mostyn Turtle Pigott: The Lion (Poem)

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The Lion

(Being an essay written by a pupil
in Dame Europa’s School)

The Lion is a kind of Ass,
His silliness is simply crass ;
He’s such a tame, long-suffering beast
You cannot rile him in the least,
For, though he’s very, very strong,
He never will resent a wrong ;
So, though he’s very, very big.
The other beasts don’t care a fig,
But pinch his tail and tweak his ear.
For he won’t mind — He’s such a dear !
They give him most tremendous snubs.
And kill whole litters of his cubs ;
He’ll sometimes give one little roar,

Montague Horatio Mostyn Turtle Pigott
(1865–1927)
The Lion (Poem)
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In de man zit nog een jongen. Willem Wilmink – De biografie door Elsbeth Etty

Willem Wilmink (1936-2003) is een van de meest geliefde dichters van Nederland.

Zijn eenvoudige maar treffende gedichten en liedjes, veelal geschreven voor legendarische tv-programma’s als De Stratemakeropzeeshow, J.J. de Bom en De film van Ome Willem, spreken iedereen aan. ‘De oude school’, ‘Deze vuist op deze vuist’ en ‘Ben Ali Libi’ behoren tot de canon van de Nederlandse literatuur. Hetzelfde geldt voor Wilminks hertalingen van Middeleeuwse klassiekers. Hij was een groot kenner van poëzie uit alle tijdvakken en in al haar verschijningsvormen.

Zijn werk is doortrokken van heimwee naar een veilige kinderwereld die nooit heeft bestaan. Naar eigen zeggen is Wilmink altijd elf jaar gebleven, wat aanvankelijk zijn loopbaan en privéleven ernstig frustreerde, maar tegelijkertijd zijn poëtische kapitaal bleek. Met humor en zelfspot maakte hij zijn lange tijd door miskenning en afwijzing getekende leven leefbaar.

Voor In de man zit nog een jongen sprak neerlandicus en journalist Elsbeth Etty met tientallen tijdgenoten en intimi van Wilmink. Het resultaat is een intiem en niets verhullend portret.

Elsbeth Etty (1951) is literair criticus, columnist en voormalig bijzonder hoogleraar literaire kritiek. Ze publiceerde o.a. verschillende essay- en columnbundels. Voor Liefde is heel het leven niet, haar biografie van Henriette Roland Holst, werd ze genomineerd voor de AKO Literatuurprijs en bekroond met de Gouden Uil en de Busken Huetprijs.

In de man zit nog een jongen
Willem Wilmink – De biografie
Auteur: Elsbeth Etty
Uitgeverij: Nijgh & van Ditmar
NUR: 321
Taal Nederlands
Bladzijden 552 pp.
Bindwijze Hardcover
ISBN: 9789038806112
Publicatiedatum: 22-01-2019
Prijs: € 34,99

# New books
Willem Wilmink – De biografie
Auteur: Elsbeth Etty

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Poëzieweek & Gedichtendag 2019 (31 januari t.m. 6 februari)

 

Het thema van de Poëzieweek 2019 is Vrijheid, met als motto: Zonder handen, zonder tanden.

De week opent op donderdag 31 januari met Gedichtendag en wordt woensdagavond 6 februari feestelijk afgesloten met De Grote Poëzieprijs, de Awater Poëzieprijs en de Turing Gedichtenwedstrijd. Tom Lanoye schrijft het Poëziegeschenk Vrij – Wij?, cadeau van de boekwinkel bij aankoop van € 12,50 aan poëzie.

 

Met Gedichtendag (31 januari 2019) gaat op de laatste donderdag van januari traditiegetrouw de Poëzieweek van start. Gedichtendag, sinds 2000 georganiseerd door Poetry International Rotterdam, is hét poëziefeest van Nederland en Vlaanderen.

Poëzieliefhebbers in Nederland en Vlaanderen organiseren die dag een grote diversiteit aan eigen poëzieactiviteiten en ook de media klinken die dag een stuk poëtischer.

 Voor de enorme hoeveelheid optredens, publicaties, poëzieprijzen, -programma’s en -activiteiten is één dag simpelweg veel te kort!

De Poëzieweek wil een zo groot mogelijk bereik voor poëzie creëren en bundelt tal van activiteiten van organisatoren in Nederland en Vlaanderen.

De Poëzieweek is een samenwerking van Stichting CPNB, Poëziecentrum, Stichting Poetry International, Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren, Nederlands Letterenfonds, Stichting Lezen Nederland, Iedereen Leest Vlaanderen, De Schrijverscentrale, Boek.be, Taalunie, Stichting Van Beuningen/Peterich-fonds, Turing Foundation, Awater, Het Literatuurhuis, Poëzieclub, SLAG, School der Poëzie en De Nieuwe Oost | Wintertuin.

# Voor een overzicht van alle activiteiten zie de website POËZIEWEEK

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