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Poem

K. Schippers

BLACK

Of these letters, which
you are now reading,
see, just for a moment,
 
the black only, as if
all meaning has slipped away.
 
Props and curves,
that’s all.
 
Look at them
like a five-year-old
who has never
read a word.

ZWART

ZWART

Zie van deze letters,
die u hier leest,
heel even alleen maar

het zwart of elke
betekenis is weggeglipt.

Staketsels en rondingen,
meer niet.

Bekijk ze
als een vijfjarig kind
dat nog nooit
iets heeft gelezen.
Close

BLACK

Of these letters, which
you are now reading,
see, just for a moment,
 
the black only, as if
all meaning has slipped away.
 
Props and curves,
that’s all.
 
Look at them
like a five-year-old
who has never
read a word.

BLACK

Of these letters, which
you are now reading,
see, just for a moment,
 
the black only, as if
all meaning has slipped away.
 
Props and curves,
that’s all.
 
Look at them
like a five-year-old
who has never
read a word.
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Literature Translation Institute of Korea
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