Saturday, August 24, 2013


Poetry acts in a divine and unapprehended manner, beyond and above consciousness.

Poetry differs in this respect from logic, that it is not subject to the active powers of the mind and that its birth and recurrence have no necessary connection with the consciousness or will.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

SIMON VESTDIJK (1898 - 1971)

Poetry is a vertical phenomenon, prose a horizontal phenomenon.

From: De glanzende kiemcel

WILLIAM BLAKE (1757 - 1827)

I am not ashamed , afraid, or averse to tell you what Ought to be Told: that I am under the direction of Messengers from Heaven, Daily and Nightly; but the nature of such things is not, as some suppose, without trouble or care.

From: Letters

Thursday, August 15, 2013


Poetry has no truth, not anything to determine, it only has itself. It is nothing and yet it is there. One must have a special gift to discover that nothing.

From: 'Portret van een jonge man als een dichter'; De Periscoop, ed. July-August 1962, Brussels.

Sent by Bert Bevers

Monday, August 12, 2013

EMERENZ MEIER (1874 - 1928)

If Goethe had had to prepare supper, salt the dumplings;
If Schiller had had to wash the dishes;
If Heine had had to mend what he had torn,
to clean the rooms, kill the bugs-
Oh, the menfolk, none of them would have become great poets.