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Iduna Paalman

CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT

Email sent to former lover
found frogspawn
waited.

The elder’s in bloom – we used to make cordial from it
I thought human seed smelled the same – somewhere something
is rotting, I don’t get a reply but that’s maybe
because he’s a young dad, the ditch
is alive, it’s feeding time, I
am ready

plant heat-resistant water plants, look there
in the dark is a ball of heaped-up
silted-up, blunt clumps of new being
promising bubble wrap
lens formation around lens formation – cartoon eyes
stare at me, shifty and viscous
it is quiet, maybe he’s taking his daughter to her piano lesson
fertilization must be made worthwhile at the end
of the day

the unripe green berries hairbrush studs
herons move nomadically along the waterside
spawn becomes zygote becomes larva

the things that decayed come to life
the things that waited are now killed.

ONTVANGSTBEVESTIGING

ONTVANGSTBEVESTIGING

Mail gestuurd aan oude liefde
kikkerdril gevonden
afgewacht.

De vlier bloeit – vroeger trokken we er siroop van
en dacht ik dat mannenzaad ook zo rook – ergens ligt
iets te rotten, ik krijg geen antwoord maar dat komt
misschien omdat hij een jonge vader is, de sloot
leeft, er moet gevoed worden, ik
sta klaar

plant zonwerende waterplanten, kijk daar
in het donker ligt het bol van opgehoopte
dichtgeslibde, afgestompte klompen nieuw bestaan
beloftevol bubbeltjesplastic
lensvorming om lensvorming – stripfiguurogen
beloeren mij, gluiperig en geleiachtig
stil is het, misschien brengt hij zijn dochter naar pianoles
bevruchtingen moeten tenslotte de moeite waard
worden gemaakt

de onvolgroeid groene bessen noppen van haarborstels
reigers trekken nomadisch langs de wallen
dril wordt zygote wordt larve

dat wat rotte komt tot leven
dat wat wachtte wordt gedood.
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CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT

Email sent to former lover
found frogspawn
waited.

The elder’s in bloom – we used to make cordial from it
I thought human seed smelled the same – somewhere something
is rotting, I don’t get a reply but that’s maybe
because he’s a young dad, the ditch
is alive, it’s feeding time, I
am ready

plant heat-resistant water plants, look there
in the dark is a ball of heaped-up
silted-up, blunt clumps of new being
promising bubble wrap
lens formation around lens formation – cartoon eyes
stare at me, shifty and viscous
it is quiet, maybe he’s taking his daughter to her piano lesson
fertilization must be made worthwhile at the end
of the day

the unripe green berries hairbrush studs
herons move nomadically along the waterside
spawn becomes zygote becomes larva

the things that decayed come to life
the things that waited are now killed.

CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT

Email sent to former lover
found frogspawn
waited.

The elder’s in bloom – we used to make cordial from it
I thought human seed smelled the same – somewhere something
is rotting, I don’t get a reply but that’s maybe
because he’s a young dad, the ditch
is alive, it’s feeding time, I
am ready

plant heat-resistant water plants, look there
in the dark is a ball of heaped-up
silted-up, blunt clumps of new being
promising bubble wrap
lens formation around lens formation – cartoon eyes
stare at me, shifty and viscous
it is quiet, maybe he’s taking his daughter to her piano lesson
fertilization must be made worthwhile at the end
of the day

the unripe green berries hairbrush studs
herons move nomadically along the waterside
spawn becomes zygote becomes larva

the things that decayed come to life
the things that waited are now killed.
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
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