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Carol Ann Duffy se eerste amptelike vers

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy

Volgens The Guardian het Brittanje se splinternuwe poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, met haar eerste amptelike vers ’n duidelike aanduiding gegee van hoe sy haar amp gaan benader. Dié veertienreëlige vers (sonnet?) handel geensins oor ’n nasionale feesdag, ’n koninklike verjaarsdag of die Union Jack nie; nee, Politics is ’n striemende aanval op die deursigtige moraliteit van politici. Sy het naamlik Tony Blair se uitroep “education, education, education” en Gordon Brown se geliefde verwysing na ’n “moral compass” teen hulle gedraai en na dié politici se uitsprake verwys as “latin, gibberish, feedback, static“.

 Sjoe. Wat is dit nou weer wat altyd gesê word van “a woman scorned”? Ons moet immers onthou dat haar benoeming as poet laureate in 1999 deur einste Tony Blair geveto was …

Nietemin, die gedig volg hieronder.

 

Lekker lees en mag die kringfluit se gibberish jou gespaar word hierdie naweek. Nuuswekker hervat weer op Maandag.

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Politics

How it makes of your face a stone
that aches to weep, of your heart a fist,
clenched or thumping, sweating blood, of your tongue
an iron latch with no door. How it makes of your right hand
a gauntlet, a glove-puppet of the left, of your laugh
a dry leaf blowing in the wind, of your desert island discs
hiss hiss hiss, makes of the words on your lips dice
that can throw no six. How it takes the breath
away, the piss, makes of your kiss a dropped pound coin,
makes of your promises latin, gibberish, feedback, static,
of your hair a wig, of your gait a plankwalk. How it says this –
politics – to your education education education; shouts this –
Politics! – to your health and wealth; how it roars, to your
conscience moral compass truth, POLITICS POLITICS POLITICS.

(c) Carol Ann Duffy

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