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Poem

Roland Jooris

RAW

Poetry
is an emergence
stuck fast in the
raw, cracked
awkward flawlessness
of the unnamed
 
its completion
is coincidence, the stuttering
chaste from a clenched
and twisting pen
 
poetry
does not polish what
it says, it erodes itself
in its tarnishing

RAUW

RAUW

Poëzie
is wording die
blijft steken in de
rauwe, gebarsten
onhandige gaafheid
van het ongenoemde
 
haar voltooiing
is toeval, het stokkend
ongerepte uit haar krom
getrokken pen
 
poëzie
polijst niet wat
ze zegt, ze schuurt zich uit
in haar ontluistering
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RAW

Poetry
is an emergence
stuck fast in the
raw, cracked
awkward flawlessness
of the unnamed
 
its completion
is coincidence, the stuttering
chaste from a clenched
and twisting pen
 
poetry
does not polish what
it says, it erodes itself
in its tarnishing

RAW

Poetry
is an emergence
stuck fast in the
raw, cracked
awkward flawlessness
of the unnamed
 
its completion
is coincidence, the stuttering
chaste from a clenched
and twisting pen
 
poetry
does not polish what
it says, it erodes itself
in its tarnishing
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