Okay, so this blog is not all about me. Occasionally I do write about someone else, usually in very flattering terms. I haven’t yet created a category for ‘enemies’ but don’t tempt me on that one, Brian.
In honour of St Jerome and International Translation Day, I’ve posted below my first ever translation, being a version of Saskia de Jong‘s poem ‘pier’, originally published in Dutch in her book resistent (Uitgeverij Prometheus, 2006). Yay for translators!
at ijmuiden they’ve asphalted the sea
now the sea fingers the tar
looking for itself
just like a sniffing sow smells what
formerly was a part of herself
along the sea, they’ve built upon sand,
and installed loudspeakers outside too
so that music drowns out the slang of the waves
it’s understood exactly where you are
go back to the start
The footage for this video was taken during the ELMCIP workshop on electronic literature and new media held in Ljubljana, Slovenia last week. The film is made up of a series of edited interviews with e-lit practitioners and academics including J. R. Carpenter, John Cayley, Maria Mencia, Scott Rettberg, Alexandra Saemmer, Roberto Simanowski and Jaka Železnikar. It was directed by Talan Memmott and also features cameos of yours truly reciting three of the shortest poems I’ve ever written. Enjoy.
Art Line is an international art project running from 2011-2013, and featuring fourteen partners from five countries in the South Baltic region: Sweden, Poland, Germany, Russia and Lithuania. In October, Art Line comes to Karlskrona, with a range of events planned, including the above seminar. Check out the last name on that interesting list of speakers. W00t! I feel like an obscure chill wave band performing for the first time at Coachella. Or something.
Well it’s taken me a little while to transcribe and format for the screen but the good news for all fans of great and moving poetry is that my interview with Arjen Duinker is now up on the Cordite site. Arjen is a very good friend and also a terrific poet, and I just hope the interview does justice to his work and to his character. Now that I’m in Seoul, one of the things I miss about the Netherlands is our regular catch-ups in Delft for jenever, beer and rants. I’m certainly looking forward to more of the same when I return. But for now, back to the writing …