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Comfort & Consolation

March 20, 2020
‘Then, consolation was just like parking, to measure is to know and still sometimes/ your estimation is too narrow, you continue searching for the right place, sometimes can embrace/ can also require several circles around each other\' –
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld writes in her poem ‘Hollow enough to hide an echo’.  Perhaps this is why poetry, the genre par excellence that, trying and probing, seeks to find a language for our reality, can lend a helping hand when it comes to consolation. Directly or with a detour, speaking of love, the warmth of a memory, the shimmering surface of water, and the song of birds against the imperturbable air. Of the small and great consolations that everyday life bears within even in unsettling times.
© Jan Baeke
Translator: Jan Baeke
Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Prins Bernhard cultuurfonds
Lira fonds
J.E. Jurriaanse
Gefinancierd door de Europese Unie
Elise Mathilde Fonds
Stichting Verzameling van Wijngaarden-Boot
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère