Three Poems

Song 4 Gibber jabber Gibber jabber shiver shiv crying fist fight fists fight fists grip grit fists clenching woman of a long time ago comes by stamps I gave to the boy of the fourth floor fourth floor? a human being drops from the fourth floor tension trigger calf muscles leap jump drop dropping fists…

Girl

Whenever will that secret pain inside, which no one knows or ever will, subside? When will I have to cover myself, in shy distress, and act timid, when a man sees my nakedness? And, better, when will someone’s stronger hands embrace my shoulders and caress my skin, as I, exhausted with desire, do at night…

Autumn Landscape

An ox and an oxcart move slowly in the mist stepping through the mist an ox of the oxcart unfailing its pace Lost in mist emerging from the mist on the jerking cart of the driver’s slumber does not lose itself in traceless sleep Behind the cart a dangling lantern drives a slight wedge of…

From the Message to the Medium

The Poetic Evolution of Paul van Ostaijen Along with the disruption of the values and of the very image of the Western world by philosophy, psychology, ethnography, the exact sciences, industrial development and the resulting political-social crises, the years 1910-1920 saw the birth of a vast movement that injected new life into the arts and…

Recitative

For Gaston Burssens Under the moon the long river slides by Above the long river the moon mournfully slides Under the moon on the long river the canoe slides to the sea By tall reedbeds by low meadows the canoe slides to the sea with the sliding moon the canoe slides to the sea Companions…