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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 18 | volume IV | January, 2001



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                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 18January, 2001
Poetry

Selected poetry from some of the participants at the poetry festival “Vilenica 2000”

Translated by: Willem Groenewegen


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Erik Menkveld

Intimate Letters
Nuper rosarum flores
Poeme de l'extase
Reveil des oiseaux

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Nuper rosarum flores
(Dufay)

No one could, yet I did it,
close that damned Florentine dome.
107 metres tall and 45 wide.
Two-and-a-half centuries building crowned.
The whole town tip-top and up in arms
for the festive consecration today,
pope and retinue present in the flash,
drumroll, trumps, and banners -
of a sudden everyone’s in tears
through the heavenly light from that ‘moon
of music’, that vanity
by a bald Cambric bastard.
And what does it amount to: inflated
crooning from pristine throats in my
expanse, ‘stain-glased silence’,
the cathedral stripped of its stone,
easily ‘the finest piece ever made’,
so to say. Cambio, Giotto, Talenti
and I – all our work the marble skin
of his motet. Sure. May his tombstone
cover the cesspit of any old
canon till the youngest day.






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