When dark is a playground for light … an exploration, to be continued …
A short report in words and images of the festive opening of the exhibition Florilegium Amsterdam 1064 by IJda Smits, in New Metropolis Nieuw-West.
It was a rich program with an opening speech by Rosa van Rumpt, who is program coordinator at the Van Eesteren Museum. Hereafter the third book with a handmade cover was presented.
This was followed by the poetic recitations by me and Azar Tishe.
As promised during the opening, below I share the poem: Morning Orchestra 1064: Rising Harmony, which I wrote especially for and inspired by the Florilegium Amsterdam 1064.
And last but not least, IJda had a surprise for us in store, as we received a crash course in cyanotyping. Awesome! The results were diverse. Here’s my result:
Missed the opening? You can still admire the beautiful cyanotypes and the Florilegium book until July 1st. Check the website of IJda for the dates and times.
NOTE: the exhibition has been extended and the finissage on July 1st has been postponed to later in July! The exact date will soon be announced.
Morning Orchestra 1064: Rising Harmony
It’s a quiet morning
Fog whisper evaporates gently
in the whooshing, ever-present
undertone of the traffic
The whistles started late this morning
a heron keeps an overview in the dawn
where the orchestra of 1064
The first choir members make themselves heard
the percussion has also been awakened
allowing front & rear doors to sound
car doors and a single bicycle bell also participate
The wind sighs, in its deep sleep
a few twigs move silently, back and forth
Then the heron raises its baton
the thistle nods
the white clovers start gently
Ooh dear, what was that…
the doubtful knight’s spur out of tune,
the violets help everything back on track
the shepherd’s purse makes the rapeseed rustle
the ground elder adds a jazzy note
and starts to swing, together with the wild hyacinth
the wind wakes up and allows
the last dandelion fluffs to dance along
the catchweed brings everything together for a conclusion
where the windflower and the arum
close off warmly
Now the throats have been lubricated,
the stems are flexible
and everything is firmly rooted
may the loving noon lake commence
On June 10, 2023 at 4 p.m., the exhibition of IJda Smits will open, Florilegium Amsterdam 1064 in
New Metropolis Nieuw-West.
For her project, IJda made a book in two versions, a printed and a handmade version for which she made many blueprints of plants in her area, also known as cyanotype, an old photographic technique, discovered by John Herschel in 1842. Although, it was Anna Atkins who applied it in photography and published it in book form. More about the Florilegium and cyanotypes can be found on the website of IJda.
In March 2019, IJda and I started a poetry exchange. For the opening of her Florilegium project she asked me if I would like to recite a few poems? Of course!
Would you like to be there? Sign up via the New Metropolis website.
On Ascension Day, May 18, 2023, the poetry festival of the Haarlemse Dichtlijn will settle in and around the Verhalenhuis in Haarlem. The program provides parallel programming over three rounds, spread over 4 stages.
Joshua Baumgarten opens the festival at 1 p.m. Door open at 12.30 p.m. Renske Leijten receives the first copy of the festival bundle. The presenters for this edition are: Ingrid Elsing of the poetry club of the Kennemer Boekhandel, Yvonne Weijers, interpreter of sung poetry by Emily Dickinson and Elly de Waard, Jan Hoekema, debate leader at the Pletterij, and city pastor Tom de Haan.
I myself have been assigned to Jan Hoekema in the 1st round and Tom de Haan in the 2nd round.
Visiting the festival is free, but reservations are required. You can order a zero-euro-ticket on the Verhalenhuis website, click here.
Also this year, especially for this occasion, a beautiful festival bundle will be published, in which a new poem is included by each participating poet.
You can purchase the poetry bundle during the festival. Herewith you support the festival, so the festival can be organized next year as well and you take home a beautiful memory.
The theme this year is: plot… (as in the plot of a story). Nonetheless, the poets are free to make their own poetry. During the festival, there is room for each poet (per round) to recite three poems.
Yes, I’ll definitely recite the poem that is in the bundle! For now, I’ll keep the other poems to myself, but they will also be poems that I haven’t recited before. Come and let yourself be surprised!
Click here for the published poem.
Traveling by public transport?
From Haarlem CS station, take bus line 3 towards IJmuiden, get off at the Spaarnhovenstraat stop. Cross the road to the Verhalenhuis (Story House).
In April 2023 I again participated in the poetry carousel of the Haarlemse Dichtlijn.
This time a poem by poet Diana Ozon as inspiration and start of the carousel.
My reaction to her poem: “the stongest,” as well as the reactions from all other poets, can be read for a while on the website of the Haarlemse Dichtlijn.
Again it has become an interesting carousel from various perspectives. Get inspired. Click here for all poems, as long as the publication is online.
For my poem, I asked myself:
“The strongest, what or who is that?”
In March 2023 I participated in the poetry carousel of the Haarlemse Dichtlijn.
A beautiful poem by poet Maria Barnas as inspiration and start of the carousel.
My reaction to her poem, as well as all reactions from all other poets, can be read for about 1 month on the website of the Haarlemse Dichtlijn.
It has become an interesting carousel from various perspectives. Get inspired. Click here for all poems, as long as the publication is online. A new carousel will follow in April.
For my poem click here.
On Saturday, October 22, I will come to the cultural center Het Gele Huis Princenhage in Breda to share my poetry.
Also see the agenda for time and address.
Reservations can be made via the webpage of Het Gele Huis.
Contribution to enjoy my performance as well as all the other beautiful things is € 5,00.
Unfortunately, the October 2022 edition cannot take place.
YES, I’ll perform my poetry once more in Haarlem!
Almost every second Tuesday of the month, the Haarlemse Dichtlijn organizes an open stage for poetry. On October 11, this will be at the new location: Het Verhalenhuis at Van Egmondstraat 7, 2024 XL in Haarlem. The program starts at 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Entry starts at 7:30 pm.
Admission is free, but for the number of seats, it is necessary to make a reservation on the Verhalenhuis website.
If you want to be there, don’t wait but book immediately, and we’ll see each other on October 11th. What I’m going to present … come visit and you’ll find out ;)!
HOW DO YOU GET THERE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT?
From Haarlem CS station, location can be reached in about 10 minutes with bus line 3 in the direction of IJmuiden, get off at bus stop Spaarnhovenstraat.
A successful festival
For those who were not there and for those who were there and want to reminisce…
Below you find my poem, which is published in the poetry collection Vicit, Vim, Virtus. The English translation you can find below the photo.
Vicit, Vim, Virtus is a publication of the Haarlemse Dichtlijn, published on the occasion of the annual Poetry Festival, on Ascension Day.
The bundle is for sale during events of the Haarlemse Dichtlijn. More information and the agenda for future events can be found at the website of the Haarlemse Dichtlijn.
On the front-cover we find the specially designed illustration by Ben Imhoff.
Overall Design by Lizeanne Voorhout.
I finally got there,
the journey has been long
Clarity and Consciousness as companions
can burn and shatter
Ask Icarus, he knows all about it…
Can clarify reality
so that beauty becomes visible
experience after experience
life after life
cycle after cycle
Words can cut
like knives in hearts
Words can connect
like a boat two shores
Words can love
like roses, velvety soft
Words can remind
of what you really are
Experience remains Master
Wisdom the insight
Are you ready for it?
© Zatarra Rafaël, 2022
Vicit, Vim, Virtus
courage has overcome violence