Poësie by die Obama’s vanaand

Barack & Michelle Obama

Barack & Michelle Obama

Luidens ‘n persverklaring van die Amerikaanse Wit Huis vind daar vanaand ‘n besonderse geleentheid plaas by die Obama’s in hul Wit Huis: “The President and Mrs. Obama will host a celebration of American poetry and prose by welcoming accomplished poets, musicians and artists as well as students from across the country to the White House next week. Participants include Elizabeth Alexander, Billy Collins, Common, Rita Dove, Kenneth Goldsmith, Alison Knowles, Aimee Mann and Jill Scott who will read, sing, and showcase the impact of poetry on American culture. The President will make opening remarks at this event held in the East Room, which will be pooled press and streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov starting at 7:00 p.m. ET.”

Verdermeer sal Michelle Obama, saam met Kenneth Goldsmith, vanaf 14:00 die middag ‘n slypskool aanbied vir honderde skoliere in die skryf van gedigte. Ook dié gebeure sal via die internet gevolg kan word.

Kenneth Goldsmith

Kenneth Goldsmith

Afgesien van bekende digters soos Billy Collins en Rita Dove op die program, is dit juis die insluiting van die konseptuele kunstenaar en digter, Kenneth Goldsmith, wat die winkbroue ietwat laat lig; veral omrede Goldsmith ‘n kontroversiële figuur is wat nou nie juis bekend is vir fatsoenlike eierdanse nie. Van hom het die Wit Huis se persverklaring die volgende te sê gehad: “Kenneth Goldsmith, who teaches in the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing (CPCW) at the University of Pennsylvania and is a close affiliate of the Kelly Writers House, will be among the poets performing at the May 11 event. Kenny has been teaching a Creative Writing workshop called ‘Uncreative Writing’ for a number of years at Penn.” Ensovoorts.

Vir jou leesplesier volg twee gedigte uit sy bundel The Days onder aan vanoggend se Nuuswekker.


Sedert gister het Andries Bezuidenhout ‘n besonderse stuk oor Burgersdorp geplaas.

Lees en geniet.

Mooi bly.



Metropolitan Forecast


          D8 l the new york times tuesday, september 11, 2001

          Metropolitan Forecast

          today Less humid, sunshine

          High 79. Noticeably less humid air will filter into the metropolitan region on. Brisk winds from the northwest. High pressure building east from the Great Lakes will promote mainly sunny skies. Daytime readings will peak in the lower 80’s.

          tonight Clear, lighter winds

          Low 62. Skies will be clear overnight as high pressure crests near the Middle Atlantic Coast. Humidity will remain low, and temperatures will fall to around 60 degrees in many spots.

          tomorrow Mainly sunny

          High 76. Sunshine and just a few clouds will fill the sky. Breezes will turn and blow from the south ahead of a cold front approaching from Canada.





e2 the new york times, tuesday, september 11, 2001

          arts abroad

          Continued From First Arts Page

          On Islam, Mr. Houellebecq went still further, deriding his estranged mother for converting to Islam and proclaiming that, while all monotheistic religions were “cretinous,” “the most stupid religion is Islam.” And he added: “When you read the Koran, you give up. At least the Bible is

          Sexual tourism

          and inflammatory

          remarks about


          very beautiful because Jews have an extraordinary literary talent.” And later, noting that “Islam is a dangerous religion,” he said it was condemned to disappear, not only because God does not exist but also because it was being undermined by capitalism.


© Kenneth Goldsmith          



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