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
LantarenVenster – Verhalenhuis Belvédère