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Die digter in ‘n lae vlug

Friday, August 14th, 2009
Dahlia Ravikovitch

Dahlia Ravikovitch (1936-2005)

Vanoggend ‘n kort Nuuswekker, met ‘n lang gedig. Dit is immers gedigte wat jou ïnteresseer en nie die geswymel van ‘n slaapversteurde nie, of hoe? Nietemin, na my Nuuswekker oor Mahmoud Darwish en die gepaardgaande lys van name, het ek opnuut van Dahlia Ravikovitch onthou en watter verbysterende digter sy is. Ek het weer haar gedigte nageslaan en die gedig hieronder het my (weereens) van my voete af geruk. Liewe hemel, as ‘n gedig tref, voel dit inderdaad of die boonste gedeelte van jou kop weggeblaas word, soos iemand al gesê het. Geskiedenisboeke mag jou die historiese feite verskaf, maar poësie is en bly by uitstek die draer van die emosie … En hoe dikwels is dit nie juis dit wat verswyg, dog gesuggereer word, wat die plofkrag verskaf nie.

Ravikovitch se biografiese besonderhede en loopbaan is hier te lese.

En onthou – vandag is “Koop ‘n Afrikaanse boek-dag”, ‘n wonderlike inisiatief deur Die Vriende van Afrikaans. So, haas jou na jou gunsteling boekwinkel en skaf daardie langbegeerde boek aan teen 10% korting.

Lekker lees en geniet die naweek wat op hande is.

Nuuswekker hervat weer Maandag.

LE

 

Hovering at a Low Altitude
by Dahlia Ravikovitch
translated by Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld

I am not here.
I am on those craggy eastern hills
streaked with ice
where grass doesn’t grow
and a sweeping shadow overruns the slope.
A little shepherd girl
with a herd of goats,
black goats,
emerges suddenly
from an unseen tent.
She won’t live out the day, that girl,
in the pasture.

I am not here.
Inside the gaping mouth of the mountain
a red globe flares,
not yet a sun.
A lesion of frost, flushed and sickly,
revolves in that maw.

And the little one rose so early
to go to the pasture.
She doesn’t walk with neck outstretched
and wanton glances.
She doesn’t paint her eyes with kohl.
She doesn’t ask, Whence cometh my help.

I am not here.
I’ve been in the mountains many days now.
The light will not scorch me. The frost cannot touch me.
Nothing can amaze me now.
I’ve seen worse things in my life.

I tuck my dress tight around my legs and hover
very close to the ground.
What ever was she thinking, that girl?
Wild to look at, unwashed.
For a moment she crouches down.
Her cheeks soft silk,
frostbite on the back of her hand.
She seems distracted, but no,
in fact she’s alert.
She still has a few hours left.
But that’s hardly the object of my meditations.
My thoughts, soft as down, cushion me comfortably.
I’ve found a very simple method,
not so much as a foot-breadth on land
and not flying, either-
hovering at a low altitude.

But as day tends toward noon,
many hours
after sunrise,
that man makes his way up the mountain.
He looks innocent enough.
The girl is right there, near him,
not another soul around.
And if she runs for cover, or cries out-
there’s no place to hide in the mountains.

I am not here.
I’m above those savage mountain ranges
in the farthest reaches of the East.
No need to elaborate.
With a single hurling thrust one can hover
and whirl about with the speed of the wind.
Can make a getaway and persuade myself:
I haven’t seen a thing.
And the little one, her eyes start from their sockets,
her palate is dry as a potsherd,
when a hard hand grasps her hair, gripping her
without a shred of pity.

Vredesdigter in tye van konflik

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

 

Mahmoud Darwish

Mahmoud Darwish

Waar die Oos-Europese digkunste sowat ‘n dekade gelede ongekende blootstelling en erkenning geniet het, het die fokus die afgelope jare nogals ietwat verskuif met veral die Midde-Oosterse digters wat al hoe meer aan internasionale aansien begin wen. Met digters soos Adonis, Mahmoud Darwish, Yehuda Amichai, Dan Pagis en Dahlia Ravikovitch in hul geledere is dit ook geen verrassing nie. Tragies genoeg was dit Sondag, 9 Augustus, presies ‘n jaar gelede dat een van hul mees begaafde digters, Mahmoud Darwish, weens komplikasies na hart-chirurgie in Houston, Texas, gesterf het. Hy was 67 jaar oud.

Gebore in Al Birweh, Palestina, moes Darwish se ouers met hul gesin na Labanon vlug tydens die vestiging van die Israelse staat in 1948. Na vele omswerwinge het hy in 1996 na Israel teruggekeer en hom by Ramallah aan die Wes-Oewer gevestig. Meer as dertig bundels het na sy debuut in 1964 verskyn en hy was ongetwyfeld die mees prominente Palestynse digter; danksy die groot getal bundels wat na Engels vertaal is. Hieronder tel die volgende: Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems (2003), Stage of Siege (2002), The Adam of Two Edens (2001), Mural (2000), Bed of the Stranger (1999), Psalms (1995), Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone? (1994), en The Music of Human Flesh (1980). Die mees onlangse, The Butterfly’s Burden (Copper Canyon Press, 2006) is skitterend vertaal deur Fady Joudah en is sonder twyfel ‘n móét vir enige ernstige poësie-liefhebber. (Terloops, dié lywige bloemlesing van 326 bladsye se verkoopprys is ‘n skaflike R250.00 …)

Oor Mahmoud Darwish se werk het Naomi Shihab Nye die volgende te sê gehad: “Mahmoud Darwish is the Essential Breath of the Palestinian people, the eloquent witness of exile and belonging, exquisitely tuned singer of images that invoke, link, and shine a brilliant light into the world’s whole heart. What he speaks has been embraced by readers around the world-his is an utterly necessary voice, unforgettable once discovered.” Amen. Ek kan ten volle hiermee akkoord gaan. So, snuffel gerus op die internet rond en lees meer oor dié formidabele digter wat ons ‘n jaar gelede ontval het. Gaan kyk veral na Darwish se buurman, Raja Shehade, se ontroerende stuk wat hier te lese is.

Meteens besef ek hoeveel van die vernaamste digters in wêreldpoësie hul werk juis te midde van ontheemding en verbanning gelewer het (of steeds lewer): Adonis, Bei Dao, César Vallejo, Pablo Neruda, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Josph Brodsky, Osip Mandelstam en Paul Celan. Om natuurlik ook nie van Breyten Breytenbach te vergeet nie! Miskien het dit te make met iets wat Luigi Pirandello by monde van ‘n karakter in een van sy drama’s gesê het: “For never is man so introspective as when he suffers.”

Maar wag, nou begin ek babbel. Hieronder is ‘n vers van Mahmoud Darwish uit The Stranger’s bed (1998), soos vertaal deur Fady Joudah.

En bly tog uit die greep van die struikrowers vandag.

Mooi bly.

LE

 

SONNET V

 

I touch you as a lonely violin touches the suburbs of the faraway place

patiently the river asks for its share of the drizzle

and, bit by bit, a tomorrow passing in poems approaches

so I carry faraway’s land and it carries me on travel’s road.

 

On a mare made of your virtues, my soul weaves

a natural sky made of your shadows, one chrysalis at a time.

I am the son of what you do in the earth, son of my wounds

that have lit up the pomegranate blossoms in your closed-up gardens.

 

Out of jasmine the night’s blood streams white. Your perfume,

my weakness and your secret, follows me like a snakebite. And your hair

is a tent of wind autumn in color. I walk along with speech

to the last of the words a bedouin told a pair of doves.

 

I palpate you as a violin palpates the silk of the faraway time

and around me and you sprouts the grass of an ancient place-anew.

 

© Mahmoud Darwish (vertaling: Fady Joudah)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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