TWO POEMS IN ENGLISH ANTHOLOGY
the occasion of the publication of the 50th book by Demer Press (established
in Diepenbeek in Flanders near the river Demer), this firm launched a bilingual
poetry collection, called ‘One plus one’, in June 2011.
Hagenaars was invited to participate with two poems. He chose ‘Ascension’
and ‘Reunion’. Both texts were translated by John Irons and appeared before:
‘Ascension´ in the book ‘Black sun’ (dedicated to artist Tony Mafia) and
‘Reunion’ in the anthologies ‘Voices from everywhere’ and ‘Poppies and
other participants, who also published work with Demer Press before, are: Chahra
Beloufa (Algeria), Floris Brown (South-Africa), Miller Caldwell (Scotland), Gary
Clark (England), Thierry Deleu (Flanders), Paul Gellings (The Netherlands),
Joris Iven (Flanders), Moshé Liba (Israel), Roger Nupie (Flanders), Willem M.
Roggeman (Flanders), Hannie Rouweler (The Netherlands), Stella Evelyne Tesha (Italy/Tanzania)
and Marion de Vos (The Netherlands).
had expected much, humiliation,
seized me as parents
their hands, on past their helpless
rose higher than the city where I ought to
saw the parting of the waters, slaughterings
kept rising, into the plurality of the father,
seven years of denial, after seven
you suddenly appear once more in the palm garden.
so many words on bloodless paper
are to close round more than my language.
the kept silence, the cutting, the sheaving,
a vow unknown to those without belief.