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Desmond Painter. David Trinidad se popkultuur verwysings

Thursday, June 17th, 2010
David Trinidad

David Trinidad

David Trinidad, ‘n Amerikaanse digter wat in 1953 gebore is en sedert sy debuut in 1981 al by die 15 solobundels gepubliseer het, fassineer my op die oomblik met sy gebruik van popkultuur verwysings. Wat my veral opval, is dat Trinidad dikwels nie op die (by nabetragting) belangrike momente en kultuurprodukte van ‘n era (dikwels die 1960s) fokus nie, maar juis op die skynbaar banale gebeurtenisse, TV-reekse en liedjies, wat nogtans die klankbane van ons lewens geword het. Dinge wat ons nou op ‘n ironiese afstand betrag, maar wat nogtans, en dikwels nostalgies, as geheue-objekte funksioneer; dinge wat ‘n verbygegane era en verlore ervarings beliggaam en op ‘n manier herhaal (en so tydelik bestendig), soos die refrein van ‘n popliedjie. As Trinidad in SA gewoon het, sou hy seker oor Pop Shop, Het van Verlangekraal en Noot vir Noot geskryf het! In ‘n resensie van sy bundel The Late Show wat in die New York Times verskyn het, skryf die resensent dat kitch vir Trinidad funksioneer as “muse, source of ironic consolation, lens through which all experience passes.” Hy is in ‘n sekere sin dan ook die meester van die gemedieerde ervaring — deur ‘n natuurgedig te skryf, byvoorbeeld, wat volledig bestaan uit rolprenttitels…

In die gedig wat ek vanoggend plaas maak Trinidad baie effektief gebruik van die herhalende versvorm, die pantoen (dis my eie vertaling: ek weet nie hoe mens “pantoum” in Afrikaans spel nie, en my woordeboek en Literêre Terme & Teorieë het nie vanoggend gehelp nie…). Die pantoen bestaan uit ‘n reeks kwatryne waarvan die tweede en vierde versreëls van elke voorafgaande kwatryn telkens as die eerste en derde reëls van die daaropvolgende herhaal word. Die titel van die gedig, “Movin’ with Nancy”, is ook die titel van ‘n TV-reeks wat in die 1960s in die VSA uitgesaai is. “Nancy” is natuurlik Nancy Sinatra. Ek dink dit is ‘n pragtige gedig!

 

Movin’ with Nancy – David Trinidad

It is almost time to grow up
I eat my TV dinner and watch
Nancy Sinatra in 1966
All boots and blonde hair

I eat my TV dinner and watch
The daughter of Frank Sinatra
All boots and blonde hair
She appears on “The Ed Sullivan Show”

The daughter of Frank Sinatra
She sings “These Boots are Made for Walkin'”
She appears on “The Ed Sullivan Show”
The song becomes a number one hit

She sings “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'”
She sings “Somethin’ Stupid” with her father
The song becomes a number one hit
She marries and divorces singer/actor Tommy Sands

She sings “Somethin’ Stupid” with her father
She sings “The Last of the Secret Agents”
She marries and divorces singer/actor Tommy Sands
She sings “How Does That Grab You, Darlin’?”

She sings “The Last of the Secret Agents”
She sings “Lightning’s Girl” and “Friday’s Child”
She sings “How Does That Grab You, Darlin’?”
She sings “Love Eyes” and “Sugar Town”

She sings “Lightning’s Girl” and “Friday’s Child”
She puts herself in the hands of writer/producer Lee Hazelwood
She sings “Love Eyes” and “Sugar Town”
She co-stars with Elvis Presley in Speedway

She puts herself in the hands of writer/producer Lee Hazelwood
Three gold records later
She co-stars with Elvis Presley in Speedway
She rides on Peter Fonda’s motorcycle

Three gold records later
She has developed an identity of her own
She rides on Peter Fonda’s motorcycle
The wild angels roar into town

She has developed an identity of her own
Nancy Sinatra in 1966
The wild angels roar into town
It’s almost time to grow up.

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