(One more) Exhibition!

Thursday, 31 January 2019 00:00

Just like last year, the library of BplusC (Nieuwstraat 4, Leiden) is celebrating poetry with a unique group exhibition. And since it is 350 years from the death of Rembrandt, this is an exhibition in his memory. The show has already started (on the 29th of January) and will be on until the 25th of February.

For now, if you can't visit the library in person to enjoy the works of almost thirty artists, you can read my contribution here:

 

The Night Watch

 

A darkness as thick as molasses —

a spoonful of struggles yet to come.

 

There is humanity in simple gestures,

frailty in men carrying useless guns.

 

Depth is carved on dancing shadows

a soft light enters within from above.

 

A kind hand smoothens the contrasts

until a night is not a night after all.

 

Update: Visiting the show, I was happy to find out that another one of my poems, "Psychographics" from the Poetry Issues project, is also included. Enjoy below a small sample of a beautiful exhibition curated by Alida van Leeuwen:

 

 

 

[At the same time, another exhibition is taking place in The Hague.]

 

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(Another) Exhibition!

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 00:00

Five months ago, I mailed these works to a person I have never seen, to be included in an upcoming mail-art exhibition entitled What Makes You Happy. This group exhibition is taking place now in The Hague and you can read more about it here (.pdf courtesy of Alex Witter).

 

This is the second time my work is being included in a group exhibition in the Netherlands. The first one was here. I'm looking forward to many more!

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What Makes You Happy

Monday, 13 August 2018 00:00

Poetry Issues has skipped a beat and there is no July-August issue. However, this is for a good reason besides the holiday slack. I was invited by Alex Witter to participate in a mail-art exhibition and I've been busy answering the hard question posed by the theme: "What makes you happy?"

 

Silence

 

A rare walk-in gem

shutting out the noise.

 

A meditation as deep

as death, with openings

 

from where to emerge fearless

and wise. Darkness as peace

 

for wild, overexposed eyes.

 

 

 

Wild Flowers

 

They come uninvited.

Pink and purple perseverance.

Hideous unsanctioned seeds

making no plea to the bees.

I let them take over the garden. 

It’s always the stranger

that moves you forward.

 

 

 

Driving

 

I get this funny feeling

that there’s enough air

in my lungs, the certainty

that we will make it.

 

Brush strokes rushing

past, tangled in your hair

the world, a bonfire simile

lit by midday heat.

 

If you try breathing

your body simply dares

to ache, making getaway

from its weary myths.

 

 

 

Your Laughter

 

Not the reserved, polite one

but the one that gushes out

letting your teeth show

thrusting your head back

blocking your breath –

bouncing 

      from wall 

to wall. An echo

fighting dust from dust to dust.

 

Alex Witter has set up a great inventory of all artists and works participating in this upcoming exhibition, where you'll find amazing work from artists from all over the world.

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Exhibition!

Monday, 15 January 2018 00:00

If you happen to be in Leiden from 15 January to 22 February and you are interested in poetry, drop by BplusC, Nieuwstraat 4. The library's theme this month is poetry and there's an exhibition running in its spaces.

I'm happy to report that Poetry Issues has a display case of its own, thanks to Alida van Leeuwen, who noticed and invited my work to the library.

 

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