Monthly Archives: January 2016

Reading in Boise, 19th February 2016

I’ll be reading for the Boise State University MFA Reading Series, at 7:30pm on Friday 19th February 2016. Venue: The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, Idaho 83702, USA.  The reading is free and open to the public. Website:

Thanks to Martin Corless-Smith and Maya Duratovic for organising.


“The Retreat” by Paul van Ostaijen

Maybe ten years ago, I took part in an attempt (organised by Karlien van den Beukel) to make a group translation of the book Bezette Stad, by the Belgian poet Paul van Ostaijen.  I just found the section I translated, “The Retreat” (“De Aftocht”).  I don’t know Flemish at all, and was working from bilingual dictionaries, two years of school German and a lot of help from Karlien.  The original typography is much more complex and multi-directional — I only gestured at it, hoping someone would be able to reset the poem later.

Here’s my pdf of “The Retreat”

and here’s a link to a set of page scans of Bezette Stad (“De Aftocht” starts on p. 135).