Monthly Archives: October 2015

Jacques Roubaud in Afrikaans

Que le monde était là Jacques Roubaud M’endormant je voyais que le monde était là, le monde et tout ce qui s’ensuit Dat die wêreld daar was Toe ek aan die slaap raak, sien ek die wêreld is daar, die … Continue reading

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Familiar

Familiar Good afternoon dining room table. You are a trustworthy companion. Not once have you failed to prevent gravity from jerking down and smashing plates and cups placed on your broad back. Good afternoon window. You have shown me the … Continue reading

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Down here

Down here Clouds elbow each other out of the way as they slowly turn dark with the desire to release their passion. A flock of pigeons hurries around in hasty circles, keeping one eye on the angry sky and another … Continue reading

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Everybody counts

Everybody counts Martin was a six, competent and reliable with a streak of curiosity and adventurousness. He was married to Dee, an attractive eight. She was a well-balanced woman, sensible and organised, yet she could be emotionally fragile – feeling, … Continue reading

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Carlos Martinez in Afrikaans

Blanco y negro Carlos Martinez Domingo es blanco. La vestidura del sacerdote forma los llanos, de los valles y de las montañas. Swart en wit Sondag is wit, die priesterkleed van die land plooi berge, valleie, vlaktes. Klein en bruin … Continue reading

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Ocavio Paz praat Afrikaans

Conversar Uit: Arbol adentro p.544 En un poema leo: conversar es divino. Pero los dioses no hablan: Om te praat Ek het in ’n gedig gelees: om te praat is goddelik. Maar die gode praat nie: hulle skep en vernietig … Continue reading

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The size of space

The size of space She trapped the space between her hands and held it to her ear. Women sing to praise the hunters, the palace choir exults in the king’s might, hymns by holy monks perfume the cathedral air, arias … Continue reading

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