04-03-17

Bernardo Ashetu, Léon-Paul Fargue, Kito Lorenc, Jacques Dupin, Thomas S. Stribling

 

De Surinaamse dichter Bernardo Ashetu (Eig. Hendrik George van Ommeren) werd geboren in Kasabaholo op 4 maart 1929. Zie ook alle tags voor Bernardo Ashetu op dit blog.

 

Niets

Ach,
vandaag
was er niets
op de berg,
zelfs geen snipper
van een vod.
Daarom bevind ik
mij hier op de
hoge toren bij de
gepolijste vlaggestok. -
En ik hijs de vlag
en ik strijk de vlag
en hijs de vlag
en strijk de vlag.
en ik woeker met
haar kleuren.

 

Roet

Ik was tot aan de grens van de zee
bijna bij het einde
toen een loktoon mij terugvoerde
naar dit veren bed
op gras dat reeds lang verdord is.
Iedere avond kom jij dan nog
in 't half-duister schuivend aan
en gooit roet in m'n kleurloos eten.

 

 
Bernardo Ashetu (4 maart 1929 - 3 augustus 1982)

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04-03-12

Ryszard Kapuściński, Léon-Paul Fargue, Kito Lorenc, Jacques Dupin, Thomas S. Stribling

 

De Poolse schrijver dichter en journalist Ryszard Kapuściński werd geboren in Pinsk, Polen (thans Wit-Rusland), op 4 maart 1932. Zie ook alle tags voor Ryszard Kapuściński op dit blog.

 

Uit: The Shadow of the Sun (Vertaald door Klara Glowczewska)

 

„It is the smell of a sweating body and drying fish, of spoiling meat and roasting cassava, of fresh flowers and putrid algae--in short, of everything that is at once pleasant and irritating, that attracts and repels, seduces and disgusts. This odor will reach us from nearby palm groves, will escape from the hot soil, will waft above stagnant city sewers. It will not leave us; it is integral to the tropics.
And finally, the most important discovery--the people. The locals. How they fit this landscape, this light, these smells. How they are as one with them. How man and environment are bound in an indissoluble, complementary, and harmonious whole. I am struck by how firmly each race is grounded in the terrain in which it lives, in its climate. We shape our landscape, and it, in turn, molds our physiognomy. Among these palm trees and vines, in this bush and jungle, the white man is a sort of outlandish and unseemly intruder. Pale, weak, his shirt drenched with sweat, his hair pasted down on his head, he is continually tormented by thirst, and feels impotent, melancholic. He is ever afraid: of mosquitoes, amoebas, scorpions, snakes--everything that moves fills him with fear, terror, panic.
With their strength, grace, and endurance, the indiginous move about naturally, freely, at a tempo determined by climate and tradition, somewhat languid, unhurried, knowing one can never achieve everything in life anyway, and besides, if one did, what would be left over for others?
I've been here for a week. I am trying to get to know Accra. It is like an overgrown small town that has reproduced itself many times over, crawled out of the bush, out of the jungle, and come to a halt at the shores of the Gulf of Guinea. Accra is flat, single-storied, humble, though there are some buildings with two or more floors. No sophisticated architecture, no excess or pomp. Ordinary plaster, pastel-colored walls--pale yellow, pale green. The walls have numerous water stains. Fresh ones. After the rainy season, entire constellations of stains appear, collages, mosaics, fantastical maps, flowery flourishes. The downtown is densely built-up. Traffic, crowds, bustle--life takes place out in the street.“

 

 

Ryszard Kapuściński (4 maart 1932 - 23 januari 2007)

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04-03-11

Ryszard Kapuściński, Léon-Paul Fargue, Kito Lorenc, Jacques Dupin, Thomas S. Stribling

 

De Poolse schrijver dichter en journalist Ryszard Kapuściński werd geboren in Pinsk, Polen (thans Wit-Rusland), op 4 maart 1932. Zie ook mijn blog van 4 maart 2009 en ook mijn blog van 4 maart 2010.

 

Uit: The Shadow of the Sun (Vertaald door Klara Glowczewska) 

 

„People of the North. Have we sufficiently considered the fact that northerners constitute a distinct minority on our planet? Canadians and Poles, Lithuanians and Scandinavians, some Americans and Germans, Russians and Scots, Laplanders and Eskimos, Evenkis and Yakuts--the list is not very long. It may amount to no more than 500 million people: less than 10 percent of the earth's population. The overwhelming majority live in hot climates, their days spent in the warmth of the sun. Mankind first came into being in the sun; the oldest traces of his existence have been found in warm climes. What was the weather like in the biblical paradise? It was eternally warm, hot even, so that Adam and Eve could go about naked and not feel chilled even in the shade of a tree.

Something else strikes the new arrival even as he descends the steps of the airplane: the smell of the tropics. Perhaps he's had intimations of it. It is the scent that permeated Mr. Kanzman's little shop, Colonial and Other Goods, on Perec Street in my hometown of Pinsk. Almonds, cloves, dates, and cocoa. Vanilla and laurel leaves, oranges and bananas, cardamom and saffron. And Drohobych. The interiors of Bruno Schulz's cinammon shops? Didn't their "dimly lit, dark, and solemn interiors" smell intensely of paints, lacquer, incense, the aroma of faraway countries and rare substances? Yet the actual smell of the tropics is somewhat different. We instantly recognize its weight, its sticky materiality. The smell makes us at once aware that we are at that point on earth where an exuberant and indefatigable nature labors, incessantly reproducing itself, spreading and blooming, even as it sickens, disintegrates, festers, and decays.“

 

 

 

Ryszard Kapuściński (4 maart 1932 - 23 januari 2007)

 

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