Tennessee Williams, Martin McDonagh, Gregory Corso, Hwang Sun-won, Robert Frost, Patrick Süskind, A. E. Housman, Bettina Galvagni, Erica Jong

De Amerikaanse dichter en schrijver Tennessee Williams (eigenlijk Thomas Lanier Williams) werd geboren in Columbus, Mississippi, op 26 maart 1911. Zie ook alle tags voor Tennessee Williams op dit blog.


This Hour

At break of dawn the shape of life
Is chiselled with a keener knife,
And angularities emerge
From the illusion of a curve.

This is the hour that imparts
A special nudity to hearts,
When every secret thing is known
Inward to the very bone.

No mist of rain nor veil of snow
Can blur this stark intaglio
Of sculptured hill and hollowed plain,
Poignant as thought, distinct as pain.

This is the keen recurrent edge
Of shuttling time. The frosty hedge,
The arrowed song of birds betray
The sword unsheathed in break of day.

This is the hour when men who dare
Shake lightning from their unbound hair,
And cherish in their last retreat
The will to bear, the strength to meet
Unflinchingly and with iron heart
The steel that smites the breast apart!


My love was light

My love was light the old wives said —
Light was my love and better dead!

My love was of such little worth
Stones were but wasted on her tomb;
She left no kettle by the hearth,
No crying child nor silent loom.

My love drank wine the old wives said
And danced her empty days away;
She baked no bread, she spun no thread,
She shaped no vessels out of clay ….

But how should old wives understand
Eternally my heart must grieve,
The cup remembering in her hand,
The dance her ghostly feet still weave ….

My love was light the old wives said —
Light was my love and better dead!


Tennessee Williams (26 maart 1911 – 25 februari 1983)


De Engels-Ierse schrijver en regisseur Martin McDonagh werd geboren op 26 maart 1970 in Camberwell, Londen. Zie ook alle tags voor Martin McDonagh op dit blog.

Uit: The Cripple of Inishmaan

“Billy I want to, Bobby. See, I never thought at all this day would come when I’d have to explain. I’d hoped I’d disappear forever to America. And I would’ve too, if they’d wanted me there. If they’d wanted me for the filming. But they didn’t want me. A blond lad from Fort Lauderdale they hired instead of me. He wasn’t crippled at all, but the Yank said ‘Ah, better to get a normal fella who can act crippled than a crippled fella who can’t fecking act at all.’ Except he said it ruder. (Pause.) I thought I’d done alright for meself with me acting. Hours I practiced in me hotel there. And all for nothing. (Pause.) I gave it a go anyways. I had to give it a go. I had to get away from this place, Babbybobby, be any means, just like me mammy and daddy had to get away from this place. (Pause.) Going drowning meself I’d often think of when I was here, just to . . . just to end the laughing at me, and the sniping at me, and the life of nothing but shuffling to the doctor’s and shuffling back from the doctor’s and pawing over the same oul books and finding any other way to piss another day away.
Another day of sniggering, or the patting me on the head like a broken-brained gosawer. The village orphan. The village cripple, and nothing more. Well, there are plenty round here just as crippled as me, only it isn’t on the outside it shows. (Pause.) But the thing is, you’re not one of them, Babbybobby, nor never were. You’ve a kind heart on you. I suppose that’s why it was so easy to cod you with the TB letter, but that’s why I was so sorry for codding you at the time and why I’m just as sorry now.
Especially for codding you with the same thing your Mrs passed from. Just I thought that would be more effective. But, in the long run, I thought, or I hoped, that if you had a choice between you being codded a while and me doing away with meself, once your anger had died down anyways, you’d choose you being codded every time. Was I wrong, Babbybobby? Was I?
Bobby slowly walks over to Billy, stops just in front of him, and lets a length of lead piping slide down his sleeve into his hand.
Bobby Aye.
Bobby raises the pipe . . .
Billy No, Bobby, no . . . !
Billy covers up as the pipe scythes down. Blackout, with the sounds of Billy’s pained screams and the pipe scything down again and again.”


Martin McDonagh (Camberwell, 26 maart 1970) 
Daniel Radcliffe als Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Londen, 2013


De Amerikaanse dichter Gregory Corso werd geboren in New York op 26 maart 1930. Zie ook alle tags voor Gregory Corso op dit blog.


America Politica Historia, In Spontaneity (Fragment)

He looks and acts like a boyman.
He never looks cruel in uniform.
He is rednecked portly rich and jolly.
White-haired serious Harvard, kind and wry.
A convention man a family man a rotary man & practical joker.
He is moonfaced cunning well-meaning & righteously mean.
He is Madison Avenue, handsome, in-the-know, and superstitious.
He is odd, happy, quicker than light, shameless, and heroic
Great yawn of youth!
The young don’t seem interested in politics anymore.
Politics has lost its romance!
The “bloody kitchen” has drowned!
And all that is left are those granite
façades of Pentagon, Justice, and Department—
Politicians do not know youth!
They depend on the old
and the old depend on them
and lo! this has given youth a chance
to think of heaven in their independence.
No need to give them liberty or freedom
where they’re at—
When Stevenson in 1956 came to San Francisco
he campaigned in what he thought was an Italian section!
He spoke of Italy and Joe DiMaggio and spaghetti,
but all who were there, all for him,
were young beatniks! and when his car drove off
Ginsberg & I ran up to him and yelled:
“When are you going to free the poets from their attics!”
Great yawn of youth!
Mad beautiful oldyoung America has no candidate
the craziest wildest greatest country of them all!
and not one candidate—
Nixon arrives ever so temporal, self-made,
frontways sideways and backways,
could he be America’s against? Detour to vehicle?
Mast to wind? Shore to sea? Death to life?
The last President?


Gregory Corso (26 maart 1930 – 17 januari 2001)


De Zuid-Koreaanse dichter en schrijver Hwang Sun-won werd geboren op 26 maart 1915 in Taedong, Zuid-Pyongan, in het hedendaagse Noord-Korea. Zie ook alle tags voor Hwang Sun-won op dit blog.

Uit: Cranes (Vertaald door David R. McCann)

“Once, when they were young, he had gone with Tŏkchae to swipe chestnuts from the old grandfather with the wen. It had been Sŏngsam’s turn to climb the tree. Next instant, the old grandfather was shouting at them. He slipped and fell out of the tree. The chestnut burs pierced his backside, but they just ran. Only when they had gone far enough so the old grandfather with the wen couldn’t follow, did he turn his backside to Tŏkchae. It hurt like anything, pulling out the chestnut burs. He couldn’t help the tears that trickled down. Tŏkchae suddenly reached out with a fistful of his own chestnuts and stuck them in Sŏngsam’s pocket….Sŏngsam threw away the cigarette he had just lit. He makes up his mind not to light another while escorting this fellow Tŏkchae.They reached the hill road. The hill is where he and Tŏkchae had gone all the time to cut fodder, until two years before Liberation when Sŏngsam moved to a place near Ch’ŏnt’ae, south of the 38th.Sŏngsam, overwhelmed by sudden anger, gave a shout.“You son of a…! How many people have you killed so far?”Only then does Tŏkchae look over, then lower his head again.“Sunnavabitch…! How many people have you killed?”Tŏkchae raises his head and turns his way. He shoots a look at Sŏngsam. His expression turns darker, and the edges of his mouth, surrounded by his dangling beard, quiver and shake.“So, that’s how you killed people?”Sunnavabitch! Somehow Sŏngsam’s heart feels relieved at its core. As if something blocking it has eased and fallen loose. But,“Some guy gets to be vice chairman of the Farmers Collective Committee, why didn’t you run off? Hiding out with some secret mission?”Tŏkchae says nothing.“Go ahead, tell the truth! What sort of mission was it you were hiding out to do?”But Tŏkchae just keeps walking silently along. Clear enough, this one is feeling caught. It’s good to see their faces at a moment like one is feeling caught. It’s good to see their faces at a moment like this, but he keeps his face turned away, and doesn’t look over.
Grasping the pistol that he carried at his waist, Sŏngsam says, “It’s no use trying to defend yourself. You’re going to be shot, no doubt about it. So you might as well tell the truth right here and now.”Without turning his head, Tŏkchae replies,“There’s nothing to defend myself about. I’m just the son of a dirt-poor farmer. I’m known as a guy who can handle the hard work, and that’s why I was made vice chairman of the Farmers Cooperative Committee. If that’s a crime to get killed for, there’s nothing to be done about it. All I’m good at, all I ever was good at to stay alive, is digging in the dirt.”He pauses for a moment.“My father is laid up now. It’s half a year already.”Tŏkchae’s father was a widower, a poor farmer getting old, caring just for his son Tŏkchae. Seven years ago his back had already given out and his face was covered with age spots.“You married?”A moment, and“Yeah, married.”“Who with?”“Short Stuff.”No. Short Stuff? This is great. Short Stuff. Kind of fat, and too short to know the skies were high, just how wide the earth is. Sort of a loner. They hadn’t liked that, so he and Tŏkchae, together they used to tease her all the time and make her cry. And now Tŏkchae had gone and married Short Stuff.”


Hwang Sun-won (26 maart 1915-14 september 2000)


De Amerikaanse dichter Robert Lee Frost werd geboren op 26 maart 1874 in San Francisco. Zie ook alle tags voor Robert Frost op dit blog.


Brown’s Descent (Fragment)

He reeled, he lurched, he bobbed, he checked;
He fell and made the lantern rattle
(But saved the light from going out.)
So half-way down he fought the battle

Incredulous of his own bad luck.
And then becoming reconciled
To everything, he gave it up
And came down like a coasting child.

Well—I—be—” that was all he said,
As standing in the river road,
He looked back up the slippery slope
(Two miles it was) to his abode.

Sometimes as an authority
On motor-cars, I’m asked if I
Should say our stock was petered out,
And this is my sincere reply:

Yankees are what they always were.
Don’t think Brown ever gave up hope
Of getting home again because
He couldn’t climb that slippery slope;

Or even thought of standing there
Until the January thaw
Should take the polish off the crust.
He bowed with grace to natural law,

And then went round it on his feet,
After the manner of our stock;
Not much concerned for those to whom,
At that particular time o’clock,

It must have looked as if the course
He steered was really straight away
From that which he was headed for—
Not much concerned for them, I say:

No more so than became a man—
And politician at odd seasons.
I’ve kept Brown standing in the cold
While I invested him with reasons;

But now he snapped his eyes three times;
Then shook his lantern, saying, “Ile’s
‘Bout out!” and took the long way home
By road, a matter of several miles.


Robert Frost (26 maart 1874 – 29 januari 1963) 


De Duitse schrijver Patrick Süskind werd geboren in Ambach op 26 maart 1949. Zie ook alle tags voor Patrick Süskind op dit blog.

Uit: Die Taube

„Anfang der fünfziger Jahre – Jonathan begann, an der Existenz eines Landarbeiters Gefallen zu finden – verlangte der Onkel, er solle sich zum Militärdienst melden, und Jonathan verpflichtete sich gehorsam für drei Jahre. Im ersten Jahr war er einzig damit beschäftigt, sich an die Widerwärtigkeiten des Horden- und Kasernenlebens zu gewöhnen. Im zweiten Jahr wurde er nach Indochina verschifft. Den größten Teil des dritten Jahres verbrachte er mit einem Fußschuß und einem Beinschuß und der Amöbenruhr im Lazarett. Als er im Frühjahr 1954 nach Puget zurückkehrte, war seine Schwester verschwunden, ausgewandert nach Kanada, hieß es. Der Onkel verlangte nun, daß sich Jonathan unverzüglich vereheliche, und zwar mit einem Mädchen namens Marie Baccouche aus dem Nachbarort Lauris, und Jonathan, der das Mädchen noch nie gesehen hatte, tat brav wie ihm geheißen, ja tat es sogar gerne, denn wenngleich er nur eine ungenaue Vorstellung von der Ehe besaß, so hoffte er doch, in ihr endlich jenen Zustand von monotoner Ruhe und Ereignislosigkeit zu finden, der das einzige war, wonach er sich sehnte. Aber bereits vier Monate später gebar Marie einen Knaben, und noch im selben Herbst brannte sie durch mit einem tunesischen Obsthändler aus Marseille. –
Aus all diesen Vorkommnissen zog Jonathan Noel den Schluß, daß auf die Menschen kein Verlaß sei und daß man nur in Frieden leben könne, wenn man sie sich vom Leibe hielt. Und weil er nun auch noch zum Gespött des Dorfes geworden war, was ihn nicht wegen des Gespötts an sich störte, sondern wegen der öffentlichen Aufmerksamkeit, die er dadurch erregte, traf er zum ersten Mal in seinem Leben selbst eine Entscheidung: Er ging zum Crédit Agricole, hob seine Ersparnisse ab, packte den Koffer und fuhr nach Paris.“


Patrick Süskind (Ambach, 26 maart 1949)


De Engelse dichter Alfred Edward Housman werd geboren op 26 maart 1859 in Fockbury, Worcestershire. Zie ook alle tags voor A. E. Housman op dit blog.


‘Tis five years since, `An end,’ said I

‘Tis five years since, `An end,’ said I;
`I’ll march no further, time to die.
All’s lost; no worse has heaven to give.’
Worse has it given, and yet I live.

I shall not die to-day, no fear:
I shall live yet for many a year,
And see worse ills and worse again,
And die of age and not of pain.

When God would rear from earth aloof
The blue height of the hollow roof,
He sought him pillars sure and strong,
And ere he found them sought them long.

The stark steel splintered from the thrust,
The basalt mountain sprang to dust,
The blazing pier of diamond flawed
In shards of rainbow all abroad.

What found he, that the heavens stand fast?
What pillar proven firm at last
Bears up so light that world-seen span?
The heart of man, the heart of man.


Good creatures, do you love your lives

Good creatures, do you love your lives
And have you ears for sense?
Here is a knife like other knives,
That cost me eighteen pence.

I need but stick it in my heart
And down will come the sky,
And earth’s foundations will depart
And all you folk will die.


A. E. Housman (26 maart 1859 – 30 april 1936)


De Italiaanse, Duitstalige, dichteres en schrijfster Bettina Galvagni werd geboren op 26 maart 1976 in Neumarkt, Zuid-Tirol. Zie ook alle tags voor Bettina Galvagni op dit blog.

Uit: Guinevere in Zürich

„Und im Winter eben, da spielt Paris Venedig. Alle die Vögel des Zürichbergs, die Eichhörnchen auf der großen Buche vor dem Haus, und die vielen gefräßigen aristokratischen Katzen, sie alle erinnerten mich nur an meine sanfte, zärtliche moumoutte in Paris. Am Samstag begleitete ich meine Tante immer zum Einkaufen. Mit ihrem großen roten Auto fuhren wir von einem Supermarkt zum nächsten. Nie vorher hatte ich jemanden gesehen, der so aufmerksam durch einen Supermarkt ging wie meine Tante. Ich fing an, mich für bestimmte Artikel zu begeistern, am meisten liebte ich die verschiedenen Reisezahnbürsten und die dazugehörigen bunten Zahnpasten. Diese kleinen subtilen Gegenstände ließen sofort Koffer und Flughäfen vor meinen Augen entstehen. Ich wußte noch nicht, daß Rachel Zilberstein nach Israel gegangen war, ich wußte nicht, daß sie in der Zeit nahezu alle zwei Wochen von Paris nach Tel Aviv und zurück flog, daß sie alle zwei Wochen auf dem Charles-de-Gaulle-Flughafen und in Ashdod war, in einem Kostüm aus einem modernen Stoff, der nicht knittert, mit einer großen Schauspielerinnen-Sonnenbrille, zweifarbigen Chanel-Schuhen und so viel rotem Lippenstift, als ob sie gleich auf die Bühne gerufen würde, um eine exaltierte Judith zu spielen. Meine Tante pflegte für die ganze Woche einzukaufen, vor allem große Mengen an Gemüse. Ihre Leidenschaft war Mangold. Sie konnte ihn in jeder Variante zubereiten, und da ich ihn ebenfalls liebte, aß ich oft tagelang Mangoldreis,
Mangoldsuppe und Mangoldgemüse. Ich aß so viel davon, daß mir einmal, an einem Abend, so schlecht davon wurde, daß ich den Mangold verfluchte und später wieder um Verzeihung bat. Bei unseren langen Aufenthalten in den Supermärkten war die Tante sehr nett. Sie fragte mich jedesmal, ob ich eine besondere Schokolade, eine neue Frucht oder sonst etwas haben möchte. Und meistens fing sie mit jemandem zu reden an, oft geriet sie mit einer der Angestellten in einen Streit, und manchmal ließ sie ihre Brieftasche liegen (mein Onkel hatte sie ihr geschenkt, sie besaß ein Schachbrettmuster, genauso wie ihre Tasche; nachdem sie sie etwa zehnmal verloren und wiederbekommen und unzählige Ausflüge zu Fundbüros, Polizei und ähnlichem hinter sich hatte – ich begleitete sie natürlich immer -, hatte sie sie endgültig verloren), manchmal verlor sie ihren Ring, weil er sich am Morgen durch die Seife oder später durch das Abspülmittel leicht gelöst hatte undsoweiter. Manchmal wurde ihr auch schwindelig, und sie setzte sich hin und ich holte für sie Wasser aus einem Plastikbehälter. Dann fuhren wir mit dem großen roten Auto zurück. Sie fragte mich nach Paris, ob ich es vermißte, und dann begann sie meine Haarlocken auseinanderzuzupfen.“


Bettina Galvagni (Neumarkt, 26 maart 1976)
Neumarkt in Zuid-Tirol


De Amerikaanse dichteres en schrijfster Erica Jong werd geboren in New York op 26 maart 1942. Zie ook alle tags voor Erica Jong op dit blog.

Uit: Fear of Dying

“A time of new beginnings (Yom Kippur), starting over (Rosh Hashanah), and laying in acorns against a barren winter (Succoth). When I placed the ad, I had thought of myself as a sophisticate coolly interviewing lovers. But now I was suddenly overcome with panic. I began fantasizing about what sort of creeps, losers, retreads, extortionists, and homicidal maniacs such an ad would attract — and then I got so busy with calls from my ailing parents and pregnant daughter that I forgot all about it.
A few minutes went by. Then suddenly the responses poured out of the Internet like coins out of a slot machine. I was almost afraid to look. After a couple of beats, I couldn’t resist. It was like hoping I had won the lottery. The first response showed a scanned Polaroid of an erect penis — a tawny uncircumcised specimen with a drop of dew winking at the tip. Under the photo, on the white border, was scrawled: “Without Viagra.” The accompanying e- mail was concise:
I like your style. Have always risen for assertive women. Send nude shot and measurements.
The next one began like this:
Dear Seeker,
Sometimes we think it’s carnality we want when actually we long for Jesus. We discover that if we open our hearts and let Him in, all sorts of satisfaction undreamt of can be ours. Perhaps you think you are seeking Eros, but Thanatos is what you really seek. In Jesus, there is eternal life.
He is the lover who never disappoints, the friend who is loyal forever. It would be an honor to meet and counsel you …
A telephone number was proffered: 1-800- JESUS-4U. “


Erica Jong (New York, 26 maart 1942)


Zie voor nog meer schrijvers van de 26e maart ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2017 deel 2.

Tennessee Williams, Gregory Corso, Hwang Sun-won, Martin McDonagh, Robert Frost, Patrick Süskind, A. E. Housman, Bettina Galvagni, Erica Jong

De Amerikaanse dichter en schrijver Tennessee Williams (eigenlijk Thomas Lanier Williams) werd geboren in Columbus, Mississippi, op 26 maart 1911. Zie ook alle tags voor Tennessee Williams op dit blog.


We have not long to love

We have not long to love.
Light does not stay.
The tender things are those
we fold away.
Coarse fabrics are the ones
for common wear.
In silence I have watched you
comb your hair.
Intimate the silence,
dim and warm.
I could but did not, reach
to touch your arm.
I could, but do not, break
that which is still.
(Almost the faintest whisper
would be shrill.)
So moments pass as though
they wished to stay.
We have not long to love.
A night. A day….


The Soft City

Eastward the city with scarcely even a murmur
turns in the soft dusk,
the lights of it blur,
the delicate spires are unequal
as though the emollient dusk had begun to dissolve them…

And the soft air-breathers,
their soft bosoms rising and falling as ferns under water
responding to some impalpably soft pressure,
turn with the city, too.

The petals of tenderness in them,
their tentative ways of feeling, not quite reaching out
but ever so gently half reaching out and withdrawing,

withdrawing to where their feminine star is withdrawing,
the planet that turns with them,
faithfully always and softly…


Tennessee Williams (26 maart 1911 – 25 februari 1983)
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 De Amerikaanse dichter en schrijver Tennessee Williams (eigenlijk Thomas Lanier Williams) werd geboren in Columbus, Mississippi, op 26 maart 1911. Zie ook alle tags voor Tennessee Williams op dit blog.

Uit: A Streetcar Named Desire

“STELLA : I don’t want to hear any more!
STANLEY: She’s not going back to teach school! In fact I am willing to bet you that she never had no idea of returning to Laurel! She didn’t resign temporarily from the high school because of her nerves! No, siree, Bob! She didn’t. They kicked her out of that high school before the spring term ended—and I hate to tell you the reason that step was taken! A seventeen-year-old boy—she’d gotten mixed up with!
BLANCHE: “It’s a Barnum and Bailey world, Just as phony as it can be—”
[In the bathroom the water goes on loud; little breath-less cries and peals of laughter are heard as if a child were frolicking in the tub.]
STELLA : This is making me—sick!
STANLEY: The boy’s dad learned about it and got in touch with the high school superintendent. Boy, oh, boy, I’d like to have been in that office when Dame Blanche was called on the carpet! I’d like to have seen her trying to squirm out of that one! But they had her on the hook good and proper that time and she knew that the jig was all up! They told her she better move on to some fresh territory. Yep, it was practickly a town ordinance passed against her! [The bathroom door is opened and Blanche thrusts her head out, holding a towel about her hair.]
BLANCHE: Stella!
STELLA [faintly]: Yes, Blanche?
BLANCHE: Give me another bath-towel to dry my hair with. I’ve just washed it.”


Tennessee Williams (26 maart 1911 – 25 februari 1983)
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De Amerikaanse dichter en schrijver Tennessee Williams (eigenlijk Thomas Lanier Williams) werd geboren in Columbus, Mississippi, op 26 maart 1911. Zie ook alle tags voor Tennessee Williams op dit blog.

Uit: A Streetcar Named Desire

“STANLEY: Sure, I can see how you would be upset by this. She pulled the wool over your
eyes as much as Mitch’s!
STELLA: It’s pure invention! There’s not a word of truth in it and if I were a man and this
creature had dared to
invent such things in my presence —
BLANCHE [singing] :“Without your love, It’s a honky-tonk parade! Without your love, It’s a
melody played, In a penny arcade…”
STANLEY: Honey, I told you I thoroughly checked on these stories! Now wait till I finish. The trouble with Dame Blanche was that she couldn’t put on her act any more in Laurel! They got wised up after two or three dates with her and then they quit, and she goes on to another, the same old line, same old act, same old hooey! But the town was too small for this to go on forever! And as time went by she became a town character. Regarded as not just different but downright loco — nuts.
[Stella draws back.]
And for the last year or two she has been washed up like poison. That’s why she’s here this
summer, visiting royalty, putting on all this act — because she’s practically told by the mayor to get out of town! Yes, did you know there was an army camp near Laurel and your sister’s was one of the places called “Out-of-Bounds”?
BLANCHE: “It’s only a paper moon. Just as phony as it can be — But it wouldn’t be make-believe, If you believed in me!”
STANLEY: Well, so much for her being such a refined and particular type of girl. Which brings us to Lie Number Two.“


Tennessee Williams (26 maart 1911 – 25 februari 1983)
Marlon Brando als Stanley Kowalski in de film uit 1951

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De Amerikaanse dichter en schrijver Tennessee Williams (eigenlijk Thomas Lanier Williams) werd geboren in Columbus, Mississippi, op 26 maart 1911. Zie ook alle tags voor Tennessee Williams op dit blog.

Uit: A Streetcar Named Desire

« STELLA: Now please tell me quietly what you think you’ve found out about my sister.
STANLEY: Lie Number One: All this squeamishness she puts on! You should just know the line she’s been feeding to Mitch — He thought she had never been more than kissed by a fellow! But Sister Blanche is no lily! Ha-ha! Some lily she is!
STELLA: What have you heard and who from?
STANLEY: Our supply-man down at the plant has been going through Laurel for years and he knows all about her and everybody else in the town of Laurel knows all about her. She is as famous in Laurel as if she was the President of the United States, only she is not respected by any party! This supply-man stops at a hotel called the Flamingo.
BLANCHE [singing blithely]: “Say, it’s only a paper moon, Sailing over a cardboard sea — But it wouldn’t be make-believe If you believed in me!”
STELLA: What about the — Flamingo?
STANLEY: She stayed there, too.
STELLA: My sister lived at Belle Reve.
STANLEY: This is after the home-place had slipped through her lily white fingers! She moved to the Flamingo! A second class hotel which has the advantage of not interfering in the private social life of the personalities there! The Flamingo is used to all kinds of goings-on. But even the management of the Flamingo was impressed by Dame Blanche! In fact they were so impressed by Dame Blanche that they requested her to turn in her roomkey — for permanently! This happened a couple of weeks before she showed here.
BLANCHE [singing]: “It’s a Barnum and Bailey world. Just as phony as it can be — But it wouldn’t be make-believe if you believed in me!”
STELLA: What – contemptible – lies.


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De Amerikaanse dichter en schrijver Tennessee Williams (eigenlijk Thomas Lanier Williams) werd geboren in Columbus, Mississippi, op 26 maart 1911. Zie ook alle tags voor Tennessee Williams op dit blog.

Uit: Something Cloudy, Something Clear

“KIP. [extending his hand through the window] Oh. Yes, we met last night. Do you have any drinking water in here?
AUGUST. A bottle of tepid soda.
KIP. Fine. Anything wet but not salty.
CLARE. [to Kip] I’m about to deliver a lecture to him on making concessions in art.
KIP. For or against?
CLARE. I think any kind of artist — a painter like Van Gogh, a dancer like Nijinsky –
AUGUST. Both of them went mad.
CLARE. But others didn’t, refused to make concessions to bad taste and yet managed survival without losing their minds. That’s purity. You’ve got to respect it or not.


Kayal Khanna als Kip in een uitvoering in het Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco, 2013


AUGUST. I do, I will. But it will be years before I’ve mastered the craft of my work. I’ll try to survive the time till then.
CLARE. You’re young and strong and healthy. I don’t know your talent, but if you do and it’s good — forget concessions.
AUGUST. You have a rather precocious — knowledge of such things.
CLARE. Had to have that, exigency of –
AUGUST. — Survival?
CLARE. Had to have that early.
AUGUST. Why so early?
CLARE. My family in Newport, Rhode Island, were shocked by my lack of the conventions they valued too much.
KIP. Wow! I’ll continue my exercises. [He returns to the platform. Over the following he begins a series of slow, lyrical warmup exercises which will blend gracefully, later, into the pavane]”.


Tennessee Williams (26 maart 1911 – 25 februari 1983)
Portret door Juan Fernando Bastos, 2005

Lees verder “Tennessee Williams, Gregory Corso, Hwang Sun-won, Martin McDonagh, Robert Frost, Patrick Süskind”

Robert Frost, Erica Jong, Patrick Süskind, A. E. Housman, Artur Landsberger

De Amerikaanse dichter Robert Lee Frost werd geboren op 26 maart 1874 in San Francisco. Zie ook alle tags voor Robert Frost op dit blog.


A Brook In The City

The farmhouse lingers, though averse to square
With the new city street it has to wear
A number in. But what about the brook
That held the house as in an elbow-crook?
I ask as one who knew the brook, its strength
And impulse, having dipped a finger length
And made it leap my knuckle, having tossed
A flower to try its currents where they crossed.
The meadow grass could be cemented down
From growing under pavements of a town;
The apple trees be sent to hearth-stone flame.
Is water wood to serve a brook the same?
How else dispose of an immortal force
No longer needed? Staunch it at its source
With cinder loads dumped down? The brook was thrown
Deep in a sewer dungeon under stone
In fetid darkness still to live and run —
And all for nothing it had ever done
Except forget to go in fear perhaps.
No one would know except for ancient maps
That such a brook ran water. But I wonder
If from its being kept forever under,
The thoughts may not have risen that so keep
This new-built city from both work and sleep.


Robert Frost (26 maart 1874 – 29 januari 1963)
Portret door John McCormick

Lees verder “Robert Frost, Erica Jong, Patrick Süskind, A. E. Housman, Artur Landsberger”

Robert Frost, Erica Jong, Patrick Süskind, A. E. Housman, Artur Landsberger

De Amerikaanse dichter Robert Lee Frost werd geboren op 26 maart 1874 in San Francisco. Zie ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2007 en ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2008.en ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2009 en ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2010.


A Prayer in Spring


Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;

And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here

All simply in the springing of the year.


Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,

Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;

And make us happy in the happy bees,

The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.


And make us happy in the darting bird

That suddenly above the bees is heard,

The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,

And off a blossom in mid air stands still.


For this is love and nothing else is love,

To which it is reserved for God above

To sanctify to what far ends he will,

But which it only needs that we fulfill.




Putting in the seed


You come to fetch me from my work to-night
When supper’s on the table, and we’ll see
If I can leave off burying the white
Soft petals fallen from the apple tree
(Soft petals, yes, but not so barren quite,
Mingled with these, smooth bean and wrinkled pea);
And go along with you ere you lose sight
Of what you came for and become like me,
Slave to a Springtime passion for the earth.
How Love burns through the Putting in the Seed
On through the watching for that early birth
When, just as the soil tarnishes with weed,
The sturdy seedling with arched body comes
Shouldering its way and shedding the earth crumbs.



Robert Frost  (26 maart 1874 – 29 januari 1963)

Hier met zijn zoon Carol in 1916 of 1917


Lees verder “Robert Frost, Erica Jong, Patrick Süskind, A. E. Housman, Artur Landsberger”

Gregory Corso, Patrick Süskind, Bettina Galvagni, Hai Zi, Martin McDonagh

De Amerikaanse dichter Gregory Corso werd geboren in New York op 26 maart 1930. Zie ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2007 en ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2008. en ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2009.




Friends be kept
Friends be gained
And even friends lost be friends regained
He had no foes he made them all into friends
A friend will die for you
Acquaintances can never make friends
Some friends want to be everybody’s friend
There are friends who take you away from friends
Friends believe in friendship with a vengeance!
Some friends always want to do you favors
Some always want to get NEAR you
You can’t do this to me I’m your FRIEND
My friends said FDR
Let’s be friends says the USSR
Old Scrooge knew a joy in a friendless Christmas
Leopold and Loeb planning in the night!
Et tu Brute
I have many friends yet sometimes I am nobody’s friend
The majority of friends are male
Girls always prefer male friends
Friends know when you’re troubled
It’s what they crave for!
The bonds of friendship are not inseparable
Those who haven’t any friends and want some are often creepy
Those who have friends and don’t want them are doomed
Those who haven’t any friends and don’t want any are grand
Those who have friends and want them seem sadly human
Sometimes I scream Friends are bondage! A madness!
All a waste of INDIVIDUAL time —
Without friends life would be different not miserable
does one need a friend in heaven —



Gregory Corso (26 maart 1930 – 17 januari 2001)



De Duitse schrijver Patrick Süskind werd geboren in Ambach op 26 maart 1949. Zie ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2007 en ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2008 en ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2009.


Uit: Das Parfum


“Zu der Zeit, von der wir reden, herrschte in den Städten ein für uns moderne Menschen kaum vorstellbarer Gestank. Es stanken die Straßen nach Mist, es stanken die Hinterhöfe nach Urin, es stanken die Treppenhäuser nach fauligem Holz und nach Rattendreck, die Küchen nach verdorbenem Kohl und Hammelfett; die ungelüfteten Stuben stanken nach muffigem Staub, die Schlafzimmer nach fettigen Laken, nach feuchten Federbetten und nach dem stechend süßen Duft der Nachttöpfe. Aus den Kaminen stank der Schwefel, aus den Gerbereien stanken die ätzenden Laugen, aus den Schlachthöfen stank das geronnene Blut. Die Menschen stanken nach Schweiß und nach ungewaschenen Kleidern; aus dem Mund stanken sie nach verrotteten Zähnen, aus ihren Mägen nach Zwiebelsaft und an den Körpern, wenn sie nicht mehr ganz jung waren, nach altem Käse und nach saurer Milch und nach Geschwulstkrankheiten. Es stanken die Flüsse, es stanken die Plätze, es stanken die Kirchen, es stank unter den Brücken und in den Palästen. Der Bauer stank wie der Priester, der
Handwerksgeselle wie die Meistersfrau, es stank der gesamte Adel, ja sogar der König
stank, wie ein Raubtier stank er, und die Königin wie eine alte Ziege, sommers wie winters. Denn der zersetzenden Aktivität der Bakterien war im achtzehnten Jahrhundert noch keine Grenze gesetzt, und so gab es keine menschliche Tätigkeit, keine aufbauende und keine zerstörende, keine Äußerung des aufkeimenden oder verfallenden Lebens, die nicht von Gestank begleitet gewesen wäre.

Und natürlich war in Paris der Gestank am größten, denn Paris war die größte Stadt Frankreichs. Und innerhalb von Paris wiederum gab es einen Ort, an dem der Gestank ganz besonders infernalisch herrschte, zwischen der Rue aux Fers und der Rue de la Ferronnerie, nämlich den Cimetière des Innocents. Achthundert Jahre lang hatte man hierher die Toten des Krankenhauses Hôtel-Dieu und der umliegenden Pfarrgemeinden verbracht, achthundert Jahre lang Tag für Tag die Kadaver zu Dutzenden herbeigekarrt und in lange Gräben geschüttet, achthundert Jahre lang in den Grüften und Beinhäusern Knöchelchen auf Knöchelchen geschichtet.”



Patrick Süskind (Ambach, 26 maart 1949)


De Italiaanse, Duitstalige, dichteres en schrijfster Bettina Galvagni werd geboren op 26 maart 1976 in Neumarkt. Zie ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2009.


Der Ball der Nausikaa


Die Odyssee wird aus den Muscheln gespült,
wo die Insel Strand ist,
und die Physis weckt Leidenschaft in
Hirtenknaben, die
mengegüthlinglos die Aeneis übersetzen,
am Flusse sitzen und wissen, wie er fließt.


Die Dinge tropfen wie Regen und fallen wie
Die Insel schickt die Wellen fort.
Der Dichter ist erschöpft und fällt in den


Hirtenknaben gibt es wenige:


nenn es Ananke.


Nur der Vergleich ist noch da und wartet,
daß das Wasser ihn befließt.



Bettina Galvagni (Neumarkt, 26 maart 1976)


De Chinese dichter Hai Zi (pseudoniem van de Chinese dichter Cha Haisheng) werd geboren op 26 maart 1964 in Huaining, een klein dorpje in de provincie Anhui. Hij bracht zijn jeugd door op het traditionele Chinese platteland toen het hele land betrokken was bij de Culturele Revolutie. In 1979 werd hij ingeschreven bij de Universiteit van Peking op de leeftijd van 15 jaar. Hij begon gedichten te schrijven als student in de vroege jaren 1980. Na zijn afstuderen werkte hij aan de China University of Political Science and Law. Hij bleef onbekend voor de meeste lezers tot na zijn dood. Hai Zi was in zijn laatste jaren gefascineerd door de Tibetaanse cultuur en Qigong. Hij maakte een einde aan zijn leven door op een spoo rails te gaan liggen niet ver van Shanhaiguan op zijn 25e verjaardag. Zijn dood wordt nu beschouwd als een belangrijke gebeurtenis in de moderne Chinese literatuur. Met suggereert wel dat zijn dood “het offer van de agrarische beschaving” symboliseert.

From June to October

Woman of June gathers water, gathers moonlight
Woman of July sells cotton
Woman under the August tree
washes her ears
I hear in the opposite window
that the woman of September is engaged
her ring like a wet chick in her pocket
Woman of October blows out the candles
of her wedding. Black doors
fall on the grasslands



Chimney smoke up and down
The moon is a white ape digging a well
The moon is a white ape smiling wanly on the river

How many times blood trickles out of the sky
The white ape flows past a bell tower
The moon is a white ape smiling wanly
The moon breaks its own heart


Vertaald door Ye Chun


Hai Zi (26 maart 1964 – 26 maart 1989)


De Engels-Ierse schrijver en regisseur Martin McDonagh werd geborenop 26 maart 1970 in Camberwell, Londen. Zie ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2009.


Uit: The Beauty Queen of Leenane


„MAG. Young girls should not be out gallivanting with fellas …!

MAUREEN. Young girls! I’m forty years old, for feck’s sake! Finish it!

Mag drinks again

MAUREEN. ‘Young girls’! That’s the beste yet. And how did Annette or Margo ever get married if it wasn’t first out gallivanting that they were?

MAG. I don’t know.


MAG. I don’t like it, Maureen.

MAUREEN. Would you like it better over your head?

Mag drinks again

MAUREEN. I’ll tell you, eh? ‘Young girls out gallivanting.’ I’ve heard it all now. What have I ever done but kissed two men the past forty years

MAG. Two men is plenty!

MAUREEN. Finish!

MAG. I’ve finished! (Mag holds out the mug. Maureen washes it.) Two men is two men too much!

MAUREEN. To you, maybe. To you. Not to me.

MAG. Two men too much!

MAUREEN. Do you think I like being stuck up here with you? Eh? Like a dried up oul …

MAG. Whore!

Maureen laughs

MAUREEN. Whore? (Pause) Do I not wish, now? Do I not wish? (Pause) Sometimes I dream …“



Martin McDonagh (Camberwell, 26 maart 1970)


Zie voor nog meer schrijvers van de 26e maart ook mijn vorige blog van vandaag.


Patrick Süskind, Martin McDonagh, Gregory Corso, Bettina Galvagni, Erica Jong, Robert Frost, A. E. Housman, Tennessee Williams, Artur Landsberger

De Duitse schrijver Patrick Süskind werd geboren in Ambach op 26 maart 1949. Zie ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2007 en ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2008.

Uit: Drei Geschichten

“Wie war die Frage? Achsoja: Welches Buch mich beeindruckt, geprägt, gestempelt, gebeutelt, gar ‘auf ein Gleis’ gesetzt oder ‘aus der Bahn geworfen’ hätte. Aber das klingt ja nach Schockerlebnis oder traumatischer Erfahrung, und diese pflegt der Geschädigte sich allenfalls in Angstträumen zu vergegenwärtigen, nicht aber bei wachem Bewußtsein, geschweige denn schriftlich und vor aller Öffentlichkeit, worauf, so scheint mir, bereits ein österreichischer Psychologe, dessen Name mir momentan entfallen ist, in einem sehr lesenswerten Aufsatz, an dessen Titel ich mich nicht mehr mit Bestimmtheit erinnern kann, der aber in einem Bändchen unter der Sammelüberschrift “Ich und Du” oder “Es und Wir” oder “Selbst Ich” oder so ähnlich erschienen ist (ob neuerdings bei Rowohlt, Fischer, dtv oder Suhrkamp wiederaufgelegt, wüßte ich nicht mehr zu sagen, wohl aber, daß der Umschlag grün-weiß oder hellblau- gelblich, wenn nicht gar grau-blau-grünlich war), zu Recht hingewiesen hat. Nun, vielleicht ist die Frage ja gar nicht nach neurotraumatischen Leseerfahrungen gerichtet, sondern meint eher jenes aufrüttelnde Kunsterlebnis, wie es in dem berühmten Gedicht “Schöner Apollo” … nein, es hieß, glaube ich, nicht “Schöner Apollo”, es hieß irgendwie anders, der Titel hatte etwas Archaisches, “Junger Torso” oder “Uralter schöner Apoll” oder so ähnlich hieß es, aber das tut nichts zur Sache… – wie es also in diesem berühmten Gedicht von … von … – ich kann mich im Augenblick nicht auf seinen Namen besinnen, aber es war wirklich ein sehr berühmter Dichter mit Kuhaugen und einem Schnauzbart, und er hat diesem dicken französischen Bildhauer (wie hieß er doch gleich?) eine Wohnung in der Rue de Varenne besorgt – Wohnung ist kein Ausdruck, ein Palazzo ist das, mit einem Park, den man in zehn Minuten nicht durchmessen kann! (Man fragt sich beiläufig, wovon die Leute das damals alles bezahlt haben) – wie es jedenfalls seinen Ausdruck in diesem herrlichen Gedicht findet, das ich in seiner Gänze nicht mehr zitieren könnte, dessen letzte Zeile mir jedoch unauslöschlich im Gedächtnis eingegraben steht, sie lautet nämlich: “Du mußt dein Leben ändern.”


Patrick Süskind (Ambach, 26 maart 1949)


De Engels-Ierse schrijver en regisseur Martin McDonagh werd geborenop 26 maart 1970 in Camberwell, Londen, Engeland in een Iers gezin.  Tijdens zijn zomervakanties in Galway, raakte McDonagh bekend met het dialect dat in deze streek van Ierland gesproken werd, hetgeen een inspiratie werd voor de toneelstukken die hij zou schrijven. Van zijn zestiende tot vierentwintigste schreef McDonagh hoorspelen en screenplays zonder succes, tot hij zich uiteindelijk waagde aan het schrijven voor theater. Hij schreef twee trilogieën in ongeveer negen maanden in 1994, alle zes toneelstukken speelden zich af in County Galway. De eerste trilogie is de Leenane trilogie, bestaande uit The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1996), A Skull in Connemara (1997) en The Lonesome West (1997). De tweede trilogie bestaat uit The Cripple of Inishmaan (1997), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2001) en The Banshees of Inisheer  – de trilogie speelt zich af op de Aran Islands aan de kust van Galway. In 2003 kwam The Pillowman uit, het eerste toneelstuk dat zich niet afspeelde in Ierland. Zijn toneelstukken hebben meerdere Tony nominaties ontvangen en zijn over de hele wereld geproduceerd. In 2006 kwam zijn eerste cinematografische werk uit, de korte film Six Shooter. In 2007 begon het filmen van In Bruges, waarvan hij zowel de schrijver als regisseur was. De hoofdrollen werden vertolkt door Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson en Ralph Fiennes.


Uit: The Beauty Queen of Leenane


„MAUREEN: I’ll do you some of your Complan.

MAG. Have I not had me Complan already, Maureen? I have.

MAUREEN: Sure, another one won’t hurt.

MAG. (wary) No, I suppose.

Maureen tops the drink up with tap water to cool it, stirs it just twice to keep it lumpy, takes the spoon out, hands the drink to Mag, then leans back against the table to watch her drink it. Mag looks at it in distaste.

MAG. A bit lumpy, Maureen.

MAUREEN. Never mind lumpy, Mam. The lumps will do you good. That’s the best part of Complan is the lumps. Drink ahead.

MAG. A little spoon, do you have?

MAUREEN. No, I have no little spoon. There’s no little spoons for liars in this house. No little spoons at all. Be drinking ahead.

Mag takes the smallest of sickly sips

MAUREEN. The whole of it now!

MAG. I do have a funny tummy, Maureen, and I do have no room.

MAUREEN. Drink ahead, I said! You had room enough to be spouting your lies about Ray Dooley had no message! Did I not meet him on the road beyond as he was going? The lies of you. The whole of that Complan you’ll drink now, and suck the lumps down too, and whatever’s left you haven’t drank, it is over your head I will be emptying it, and you know well enough I mean it!

Mag slowly drinks the rest of the sickly brew

MAUREEN. Arsing me around, eh? Interfering with my life again? Isn’t it enough I’ve had to be on beck and call for you every day for the past twenty year? Is it one evening out you begrudge me?“



Martin McDonagh (Camberwell, 26 maart 1970)


De Amerikaanse dichter Gregory Corso werd geboren in New York op 26 maart 1930. Zie ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2007 en ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2008.


Birthplace Revisited

(from Gasoline)


I stand in the dark light in the dark street

and look up at my window, I was born there.

The lights are on; other people are moving about.

I am with raincoat; cigarette in mouth,

hat over eye, hand on gat.

I cross the street and enter the building.

The garbage cans haven’t stopped smelling.

I walk up the first flight; Dirty Ears

aims a knife at me…

I pump him full of lost watches.



Poets Hitchiking on the Highway


Of course I tried to tell him

but he cranked his head

without an excuse.

I told him the sky chases

the sun

And he smiled and said:

‘What’s the use.’

I was feeling like a demon


So I said: ‘But the ocean chases

the fish.’

This time he laughed

and said: ‘Suppose the

strawberry were

pushed into a mountain.’

After that I knew the

war was on–

So we fought:

He said: ‘The apple-cart like a


snaps & splinters

old dutch shoes.’

I said: ‘Lightning will strike the old oak

and free the fumes!’

He said: ‘Mad street with no name.’

I said: ‘Bald killer! Bald killer! Bald killer!’

He said, getting real mad,

‘Firestoves! Gas! Couch!’

I said, only smiling,

‘I know God would turn back his head

if I sat quietly and thought.’

We ended by melting away,

hating the air!



Gregory Corso (26 maart 1930 – 17 januari 2001)


De Italiaanse, Duitstalige, schrijfster Bettina Galvagni werd geboren op 26 maart 1976 in Neumarkt. Zij bezocht het gymnasium in Bozen en studeerde medicijnen in Wenen. In 1997 verscheen haar eerste roman Melancholia, waarvoor zij in 1998 de Rauriser Literaturpreis ontving. In 2002 verscheen haar tweede roman Persona. Tegenwoordig werkt zij als arts in Parijs.

Uit: Persona

“Kleine, durchsichtige Schneeflocken fielen auf die Scheiben des Taxis, das langsam den Hügel hinauffuhr. Lori spürte die eisige Kälte, die durch irgendwelche Ritze zu kommen schien. Andererseits war ihr warm; sie war gekleidet wie nach hohem Fieber. Und so würden ihre ersten Schritte sein, die sie vom Taxi aus imaginierte: wie nach hohem Fieber.

Der Taxifahrer hielt an, fragte, ob er sie ganz hineinfahren solle, und sie verneinte.

Ohne sich noch einmal umzudrehen, ging sie am Portier im weißen Mantel vorbei, der eine Bewegung mit den Armen machte, als ob er Tauben fütterte.

Eine dünne Schneeschicht bedeckte die Spitze der kleinen Jugendstilkirche und die großen Pavillons aus Backstein. Die Vorderseite der Pavillons war hell und glasig, und durch ihren unregelmäßigen Farbton wirkte sie zerbrechlich und verschlissen wie ausgetanzte Spitzenschuhe. Ihre Hinterseiten leuchteten wie das Fell einer roten Katze.

Lori öffnete die Tür eines Pavillons und setzte sich auf die Stufen des Treppenaufgangs. Sie hörte zu, wie aus dem Inneren der Station Stimmen, Radiomusik und das Scheppern von Geschirr drangen, und betrachtete die Flügeltür, deren obere Hälfte aus eingefaßtem Glas bestand. Darin war ein grün schimmernder stilisierter Baum durch ein zartes schmückendes ebenfalls grünes Band mit weiteren Bäumen verbunden, deren Stämme alle die Farbe trüber, abgestandener Milch hatten und dahinter konnte man schemenhaft die Köpfe von Alten sehen, die über Tassen gebeugt waren, und braune Tische und etwas, das sich wie ein Triangelstab bewegte.”


Bettina Galvagni (Neumarkt, 26 maart 1976)


De Amerikaanse dichteres en schrijfster Erica Jong werd geboren in New York op 26 maart 1942. Zie ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2007 en ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2008.


The Poetry Suit


I put on my poetry suit.

The prose falls away

like a dream I cannot remember,

the images unraveling like threads

in a cheap dress, sewn in Hong Kong

to feed the hungry mouths

of sweet-faced Chinese children.


Now I am in my poetry suit.

I zip myself into it,

pink as flesh, tight as the suit

I was born it, & looking

seamless as a perfect poem,

gleaming as the golden fleece,

slim as a stripper at the Crazy Horse Saloon,

transparent as silk stockings,

& smelling of jasmine & tea rose.


But what was that old perfume

I left in the pocket,

that cotton ball soaked

in Bal a Versailles,

that yellowing glace glove

that lacks a mate,

that fine cambric handkerchief

brown with dried blood

from an old nosebleed?


Even poetry, pure as nothing

but snow or music,

drags life along

in its hidden pockets.


Oh for an art

that is not made of words

with all their odors

& indiscretions.



Erica Jong (New York, 26 maart 1942)


De Amerikaanse dichter Robert Lee Frost werd geboren op 26 maart 1874 in San Francisco. Zie ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2007 en ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2008.

Good Hours

I had for my winter evening walk–
No one at all with whom to talk,
But I had the cottages in a row
Up to their shining eyes in snow.

And I thought I had the folk within:
I had the sound of a violin;
I had a glimpse through curtain laces
Of youthful forms and youthful faces.

I had such company outward bound.
I went till there were no cottages found.
I turned and repented, but coming back
I saw no window but that was black.

Over the snow my creaking feet
Disturbed the slumbering village street
Like profanation, by your leave,
At ten o’clock of a winter eve.



Spring Pools

These pools that, though in forests, still reflect
The total sky almost without defect,
And like the flowers beside them, chill and shiver,
Will like the flowers beside them soon be gone,

And yet not out by any brook or river,
But up by roots to bring dark foliage on.
The trees that have it in their pent-up buds
To darken nature and be summer woods —

Let them think twice before they use their powers
To blot out and drink up and sweep away
These flowery waters and these watery flowers
From snow that melted only yesterday.



Robert Frost (26 maart 1874 – 29 januari 1963)
Robert Frost in New Hampshire door James Chapin


De Engelse dichter Alfred Edward Housman werd geboren op 26 maart 1859 in  Fockbury, Worcestershire. Zie ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2007 en ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2008.




Oh hard is the bed they have made him,

  And common the blanket and cheap;

But there he will lie as they laid him:

  Where else could you trust him to sleep?

To sleep when the bugle is crying

  And cravens have heard and are brave,

When mothers and sweethearts are sighing

  And lads are in love with the grave.


Oh dark is the chamber and lonely,

  And lights and companions depart;

But lief will he lose them and only

  Behold the desire of his heart.


And low is the roof, but it covers

  A sleeper content to repose;

And far from his friends and his lovers

  He lies with the sweetheart he chose.




When I would muse in boyhood


When I would muse in boyhood

  The wild green woods among,

And nurse resolves and fancies

  Because the world was young,

It was not foes to conquer,

  Nor sweethearts to be kind,

But it was friends to die for

  That I would seek and find.


I sought them and I found them,

  The sure, the straight, the brave,

The hearts I lost my own to,

  The souls I could not save.

They braced their belts around them,

  They crossed in ships the sea,

They sought and found six feet of ground,

  And there they died for me.



A. E. Housman (26 maart 1859 – 30 april 1936)


De Amerikaanse schrijver Tennessee Williams (eigenlijk Thomas Lanier Williams) werd geboren in Columbus (Mississippi op 26 maart 1911. Zie ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2007 en ook mijn blog van 26 maart 2008.


Uit: A Streetcar Named Desire

” MITCH. She wants me to be settled down before the — [His voice is hoarse and he clears his throat twice, shuffling nervously around with his hands in and out of his pockets]

BLANCHE. You love her very much, don’t you?


BLANCHE. I think you have a great capacity for devotion. You will be lonely when she passes on, won’t you? [Mitch clears his throat and nods] I understand what that is.

MITCH. To be lonely?

BLANCHE. I loved someone, too, and the person I loved I lost.

MITCH. Dead? [She crosses to the window and sits on the sill, looking out. She pours herself another drink] A man?

BLANCHE. He was a boy, just a boy, when I was a very young girl. When I was sixteen, I made the discovery — love. All at once and much, much too completely. It was like you suddenly turned a blinding light on something that had always been half in shadow, that’s how it struck the world for me. But I was unlucky. Deluded. There was something different about the boy, a nervousness, a softness and tenderness which wasn’t like a man’s, although he wasn’t the least bit effeminate looking — still — that thing was there … He came to me for help. I didn’t know that. I didn’t find out anything till after our marriage when we’d run away and come back and all I knew was I’d failed him in some mysterious way and wasn’t able to give the help he needed but couldn’t speak of! He was in the quicksands and clutching at me — but I wasn’t holding him out, I was slipping in with him! I didn’t know that. I didn’t know anything except I loved him unendurably but without being able to help him or help myself. Then I found out. In the worst of all possible ways. By coming suddenly into a room that I thought was empty — which wasn’t empty, but had two people in it … the boy I had married and an older man who had been his friend for years …

[A locomotive is heard approaching outside. She claps her hands to her ears and crouches over. The headlight of the locomotive glares into the room as it thunders past. As the noise recedes she straightens slowly and continues speaking.]

Afterward we pretended that nothing had been discovered. Yes, the three of us drove out to Moon Lake Casino, very drunk and laughing all the way.”



Tennessee Williams (26 maart 1911 – 25 februari 1983)


De Duitse schrijver en criticus Artur Hermann Landsberger werd geboren op 26 maart 1876 in Berlijn. Hij promoveerde weliswaar in de rechten, maar was vooral een succesvolle schrijver van romans. In de jaren twintig verscherpte hij zijn toon. In werken als Wie Satan starb (1919), Das Blut (1920), en vooral in zijn als reactie op Hugo Bettauers publicatie Stadt ohne Juden (1922) geschreven Berlin ohne Juden (1925) hield hij de maatschappij een bepaald niet vleiende spiegel voor. De laatse roman was eigenlijk bedoeld als satire op de antisemitische agitatie, maar kwam de latere realiteit op een griezelige wijze nabij. Als maatschappijcriticus werd Landsberger door de Nazi’s vervolgd. Om daaraan te ontkomen pleegde hij in 1933 zelfmoord.


Uit: Berlin ohne Juden


Die jüdische Bevölkerung entwickelte jetzt eine fieberhafte Tätigkeit. Verständlich, daß alles in Berlin zusammenströmte. Die Zeitungen mit Verkaufsinseraten aus dem ganzen Reich erschienen im Umfang von dreißig bis fünfzig Seiten. Man konnte alles, was schwer mitzunehmen war, vor allem also Häuser, Möbel, Gardinen, Teppiche, Kronen, Porzellane, Bilder, Bücher, Wagen, Geräte, Pferde, Haustiere, Weine, Konserven und anderes mehr zu lächerlichen Preisen kaufen. Die christliche Bevölkerung kaufte sich satt. Die Leute verkauften ihre Papiere und hoben von den städtischen Kassen ihre Ersparnisse ab. Die Billigkeit reizte und die Freude, den Juden, von denen sie sich sonst übervorteilt glaubten, nun ihrerseits für das, was sie ihnen abkauften, Preise vorzuschreiben, die bis zur Hälfte, oft bis zu einem Zehntel hinter dem wirklichen Wert zurückblieben. Natürlich, sie überkauften sich, und als die Juden raus waren, fehlte ihnen das Geld für das Nötigste. Meist wußten sie gar nichts mit dem Geramschten anzufangen. Was sollte man mit einer Villa vor den Toren Berlins anfangen, wenn man Mühe hatte, seine teuere Wohnung in der Stadt zu halten, was mit einem Auto, wenn man sich das Geld für Chauffeur und Benzin vom Munde absparte, was mit echten Persern in Größen von 6 x 5 und 5 x 4, wenn die Zimmer nur 4 x 3 und 3 x 2 groß waren, was mit Handfiletgardinen für 24 Fenster, wenn man nebbich – ach, man brauchte jetzt so gern die jüdischen Worte! – nur fünf Fenster Front hatte. Die Kronen paßten nicht zu den Möbeln, die Bilder nicht zu den Tapeten, und in den bei der Eile natürlich im ganzen gekauften Bibliotheken fand man statt der gesuchten Rudolfe (Herzog und Stratz) Juden, wie Wassermann, Hirschfeld und Georg Hermann, ja, manchmal stieß man sogar auf Bücher in hebräischer Sprache, vor denen man sich bekreuzigte, sofern man nicht in Krämpfe fiel.
Alles das aber bemerkte man leider erst, als der große Taumel sich legte und die Juden schon draußen waren. Sonst hätte man sie gewiß des Wuchers bezichtigt und sie gezwungen, die Geschäfte rückgängig zu machen.“



Artur Landsberger ( 26 maart 1876 – 4 oktober 1933)