09-08-17

Luuk Gruwez, Philip Larkin, Gerrit Kouwenaar, Henk Romijn Meijer, Linn Ullmann, P. L. Travers, Pierre Klossowski, Daniel Keyes, Leonid Andreyev

 

De Vlaamse dichter, prozaïst en essayist Luuk Gruwez werd geboren op 9 augustus 1953 te Kortrijk. Zie ook alle tags voor Luuk Gruwez op dit blog.

 

De monniken van Sénanque

Zij stierven er snel en stil
en zonder overtollige reutel spoedden zij zich heen
van sterfplaats naar sterfplaats,
jaren ouder van jaren verlangen.

Als zonderlinge geliefden woonden zij in het landschap,
aan alle wensen der weelde ontwend,
zachtmoedig als wat niet meer wordt gevreesd.
Zij kenden geen verhuizen meer.

En wij, gekomen uit de oorden
van het roekeloos woekerend woord,
wisten tussen stof en steen en stilte
de ampere galm van hun stappen nog bewaard,

en zwegen, als voorgoed ontheemd,
in de leerzaamheid van zeldzame minnaars.
En van jaren verlangen
werden wij jaren en jaren ouder.

 

 

Album

Een klas met veel te hoge ramen.
De aarde hangt er zomaar aan de wand.
En tweeëndertig stijve meisjesrompen
zijn rij aan rij, in melkwit licht,
aan banken vastgeklonken.

De toekomst in hun ogen moet voorbij.
Men geeuwt er al verleden uit.
Maar één van hen, de mooiste, jij,
nog niet verlegen met haar leven,
is met de aarde iets van plan.

Ik wil haar schooljaar overdoen:
haar smoezen, fratsen, onvoldoendes,
haar appelflauwtes om een niets,
de droesem in een oude droom.
Wat onder ede werd verzwegen,
daar luistert nu geen mens meer naar.

 

 

Pronkstuk

's Nachts mompelen juwelen in hun slaap.
Zij fonkelen tot in hun dromen,
proberen zo vermaard te glanzen
als de tranen van een dame.

Dat komt, zij zijn soms zeer alleen,
gekluisterd in hun kist van nacht.
Zij willen jubelen in zilver,
in goud, briljant of diamant,

maar pralen slechts met wat zij missen:
een hals, een pols, een simpele pink.
O, ziek van heimwee naar knap vlees.
De nacht is lang. Wordt het ooit dag?

 

 
Luuk Gruwez (Kortrijk, 9 augustus 1953)

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09-08-15

P. L. Travers, Pierre Klossowski, Daniel Keyes, Leonid Andreyev, John Oldham, Izaak Walton

 

De Australische schrijfster Pamela Lyndon Travers werd als Helen Lyndon Goff op 9 augustus 1899 geboren in Maryborough in Australië. Zie ook alle tags voor P. L. Travers op dit blog en eveneens mijn blog van 9 augustus 2009 en ook mijn blog van 9 augustus 2010

Uit: Mary Poppins

“And she led the way towards the staircase, talking all the time, without stopping once. And because she was doing that Mrs Banks did not notice what was happening behind her, but Jane and Michael, watching from the top landing, had an excellent view of the extraordinary thing the visitor now did.
Certainly she followed Mrs Banks upstairs, but not in the usual way. With her large bag in her hands she slid gracefully up the banisters, and arrived at the landing at the same time as Mrs Banks. Such a thing, Jane and Michael knew, had never been done before. Down, of course, for they had often done it themselves. But up — never! They gazed curiously at the strange new visitor.
“Well, that’s all settled, then.” A sigh of relief came from the children’s Mother.
“Quite. As long as I’m satisfied,” said the other, wiping her nose with a large red and white bandanna handkerchief.
“Why, children,” said Mrs Banks, noticing them suddenly, “what are you doing there? This is your new nurse, Mary Poppins. Jane, Michael, say how do you do! And these”—she waved her hand at the babies in their cots—“are the Twins.”
Mary Poppins regarded them steadily, looking from one to the other as though she were making up her mind whether she liked them or not."

 

 
P. L. Travers (9 augustus 1899 – 23 april 1996)
Scene uit de film uit 1964 met o.a. Dick Van Dyke en Julie Andrews

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09-08-14

P. L. Travers, Pierre Klossowski, Daniel Keyes, Leonid Andreyev, John Oldham, Izaak Walton

 

De Australische schrijfster Pamela Lyndon Travers werd als Helen Lyndon Goff op 9 augustus 1899 geboren in Maryborough in Australië. Zie ook alle tags voor P. L. Travers op dit blog en eveneens mijn blog van 9 augustus 2009 en ook mijn blog van 9 augustus 2010

Uit: Mary Poppins

“The watching children heard a terrific bang, and as she landed the whole house ­shook.
“How funny! I’ve never seen that happen before,” said ­Michael.
“Let’s go and see who it is!” said Jane, and taking Michael’s arm she drew him away from the window, through the Nursery and out on to the landing. From there they always had a good view of anything that happened in the front ­hall.
Presently they saw their Mother coming out of the drawing­-­room with a visitor following her. Jane and Michael could see that the newcomer had shiny black hair—“Rather like a wooden Dutch doll,” whispered Jane. And that she was thin, with large feet and hands, and small, rather peering blue ­eyes.
“You’ll find that they are very nice children,” Mrs. Banks was ­saying.
Michael’s elbow gave a sharp dig at Jane’s ­ribs.
“And that they give no trouble at all,” continued Mrs. Banks uncertainly, as if she herself didn’t really believe what she was saying. They heard the visitor sniff as though she didn’t ­either.
“Now, about reference—” Mrs. Banks went ­on.
“Oh, I make it a rule never to give references,” said the other firmly. Mrs. Banks ­stared.
“But I thought it was usual,” she said. “I mean—I understood people always ­did.”
“A very old­-­fashioned idea, to my mind,” Jane and Michael heard the stern voice say. “Very old­-­fashioned. Quite out of date, as you might ­say.”
Now, if there was one thing Mrs. Banks did not like, it was to be thought old­-­fashioned. She just couldn’t bear it. So she said ­quickly:
“Very well, then. We won’t bother about them. I only asked, of course, in case you—er—required it. The nursery is upstairs—”

 

 
P. L. Travers (9 augustus 1899 – 23 april 1996)
Julie Andrews als Mary Poppins in de film uit 1964

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09-08-11

Linn Ullmann, P. L. Travers, Pierre Klossowski, Daniel Keyes, Leonid Andreyev, John Oldham, Izaak Walton

 

De Noorse schrijfster Linn Karin Beate Ullmann werd geboren op 9 augustus 1966 in Oslo. Zie ook mijn blog van 9 augustus 2007 en ook mijn blog van 9 augustus 2008 en ook mijn blog van 9 augustus 2009en ook mijn blog van 9 augustus 2010.

 

Uit: A Blessed Child

 

“The Road

In the winter of 2005, Erika went to see her father, Isak Lövenstad. The journey was taking longer than expected, and she felt a strong urge to turn around and drive back to Oslo, but she pressed on, keeping her mobile phone on the seat beside her so she could ring him at any time and say that the visit was off. That she wasnt coming after all. That they would have to do it another time. She could say it was because of the weather, the heavy snowfall. The change of plan would have been a great relief to both of them.

Isak was eighty-four years old and lived by himself in a white limestone house on Hammarsö, an island off the east coast of Sweden. A specialist in gynecology, he had made his name as one of the pioneers of ultrasound. Now in retirement, he was in good health and his days passed pleasantly. All his basic needs were met by Simona, a lifelong resident of the island. Simona saw to it that he had a hot lunch and dinner every day; she gave the house a thorough weekly cleaning; she shopped, dusted, and did his laundry, of which there was not much. She also helped him with his annual income tax return and payments. Isak still had all his teeth, but in the past year he had developed a cataract in his right eye. He said it was like looking at the world through water.

Isak and Simona rarely talked to each other. Both preferred it that way.

After a long, full life in Stockholm and Lund, Isak had moved to Hammarsö for good. The house had stood empty for twelve years, during which time he had more than once considered selling it. Instead he decided to sell his flats in Stockholm and Lund and spend the rest of his life as an islander. Simona, whom Isak had hired back in the early seventies to help Rosa take care of the house (in spite of knowing that Rosa was the kind of woman, quite different from his previous wife and mistresses, who rarely needed help with anything, and especially not with the house, which by Rosa was kept to perfection), insisted that he allow her to take him in hand and cut his hair regularly.”

 

 


Linn Ullmann (Oslo, 9 augustus 1966)

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09-08-10

Luuk Gruwez, Philip Larkin, Gerrit Kouwenaar, Henk Romijn Meijer, Linn Ullmann, P. L. Travers, Pierre Klossowski, Daniel Keyes, Leonid Andreyev, John Oldham, Izaak Walton

 

Zie voor de volgende schrijvers van de 9e augustus mijn blog bij seniorennet.be

  

Luuk Gruwez, Philip Larkin, Gerrit Kouwenaar, Henk Romijn Meijer, Linn Ullmann

 

 

Zie voor de volgende schrijvers van de 9e augustus ook bij seniorennet.be mijn vorige blog van vandaag.

 

P. L. Travers, Pierre Klossowski, Daniel Keyes, Leonid Andreyev, John Oldham, Izaak Walton