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PAUL VAN OSTAIJEN, MR 1830: Two hands and ten fingers away into the void, waving things, to the sea

lui3.1His nickname is “Mr. 1830”, but the Belgian writer born in one day in February of 1896 called Paul, Paul van Ostaijen. That Flemish poet, also living in Berlin, has filled pages of surrealism and modernism, continuing to walk in the streets of Antwerp dress eccentrically, before dying of tuberculosis as a young man in the year 1928.

 

1.1POLONAISE – by Paul van Ostaijen

 “I saw come Cecilia

In a summer night

Two ears to hear

Two eyes to see

Two hands to grasp

And ten fingers away.

We come Cecilia

In a summer night

For right hand has Hansel

To the left he Gretel

Hansel has a wreath of roses

Gretel a do not forget me

The ogre he has not eaten

I have not forgotten

Hey, hey, you and I

The donkey plays the bagpipes

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel with the chaplet of roses

Gretel with its do not forget me

They passed to the stars

Venus is made of brass

The others are less dear

The others are tin

And Giannina moon

is saffron

 

Two ears to hear

Two eyes to see

Two hands in a vacuum

And ten fingers away.”

 

2.1MARC WELCOMES THE MORNING THE THINGS – by Paul van Ostaijen

“Hello little man with the bicycle

On the vase with the flower Piore Piore

Hello chair beside the table

Hello bread on the table

Hello angler-fish with his pipe.

 

And hello angler-fish with cap

Cap and pipe

Fisher-fish

good Morning

Hello fish

Hello dear fish

Hello my little fish.”

 

3.1Melopoeia – by Paul van Ostaijen

“Under the moon glides along the river

Over the long river glides tired moon

Under the moon along the river

The canoe slips into the sea

 Along the upper reed bed

Along the lawn low

The canoe slips into the sea

Slips with the moon

That the canoe slips into the sea

So are companions to the sea

The canoe and the moon man

Why slip the moon and man

Both docile towards the sea.”

 

 

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