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Joke van Leeuwen

PREPARATION FOR THE EXAM

Study the drawing on this page, that’s
how we show embarrassment here, although
there is some variation regionally.
Practise moving forward every day:
left leg up, a single hop
right leg. Now bend, attend to Diagrams A through C
to show respect. You needn’t
know the names of all the trees
the trees don’t know their own names either.
Use rain to paper fragile
confidence. Search for what you’ve lost
where you know it’s not, maybe you’ll find
something we hid in fun so that
it might be found with difficulty later.
Now turn the page. This chapter’s called:
Fold your own expectance.

VOORBEREIDING OP HET EXAMEN

VOORBEREIDING OP HET EXAMEN

Bekijk de tekening op deze bladzij, zie
zo uiten wij hier schaamte, al zijn er
per provincie wel verschillen.
Oefen ook elke dag vooruitgang:
linkerbeen omhoog, één hinkel
rechterbeen. Buig nu, volg schema A tot C
daarmee toont u uw achting. U hoeft
de namen van de bomen niet te kennen
die weten zelf hun eigen namen niet.
Gebruik de regen als behang van broos
vertrouwen. Zoek wat u kwijt bent daar
waar het niet ligt, misschien vindt u dan
iets wat wij uit vrolijkheid verstoppen om
met moeite weer te laten vinden.
Sla nu de bladzij om. Dit hoofdstuk heet:
Zelf uw verwachting vouwen.
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PREPARATION FOR THE EXAM

Study the drawing on this page, that’s
how we show embarrassment here, although
there is some variation regionally.
Practise moving forward every day:
left leg up, a single hop
right leg. Now bend, attend to Diagrams A through C
to show respect. You needn’t
know the names of all the trees
the trees don’t know their own names either.
Use rain to paper fragile
confidence. Search for what you’ve lost
where you know it’s not, maybe you’ll find
something we hid in fun so that
it might be found with difficulty later.
Now turn the page. This chapter’s called:
Fold your own expectance.

PREPARATION FOR THE EXAM

Study the drawing on this page, that’s
how we show embarrassment here, although
there is some variation regionally.
Practise moving forward every day:
left leg up, a single hop
right leg. Now bend, attend to Diagrams A through C
to show respect. You needn’t
know the names of all the trees
the trees don’t know their own names either.
Use rain to paper fragile
confidence. Search for what you’ve lost
where you know it’s not, maybe you’ll find
something we hid in fun so that
it might be found with difficulty later.
Now turn the page. This chapter’s called:
Fold your own expectance.
Sponsors
Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Ludo Pieters Gastschrijver Fonds
Hendrik Muller fonds
Lira fonds
J.E. Jurriaanse
Literature Translation Institute of Korea
Partners
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