Against the Forgetting: Selected Poems

Against the Forgetting: Selected Poems

by Hans Faverey
     
 

A stunning selection of poems from the great twentieth-century Dutch poet.Against the Forgetting presents the work of an important twentieth-century Dutch poet, Hans Faverey. The first extensive selection of his poetry in English, this collection brings together poems from his eight published volumes of poetry spanning the years 1968 to 1990—the last volume,

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A stunning selection of poems from the great twentieth-century Dutch poet.Against the Forgetting presents the work of an important twentieth-century Dutch poet, Hans Faverey. The first extensive selection of his poetry in English, this collection brings together poems from his eight published volumes of poetry spanning the years 1968 to 1990—the last volume, Default, he received only two days before his death. In addition, a selection of poems from a posthumous collection, Spring Foxes, first published in Holland in 2000, is also included. The translator Francis Jones writes, "Hans Faverey left behind a poetic structure of uniquely subtle richness and beauty, made from so little—a few words, surrounded by silence." Filled with a precision and arresting musicality comparable to the hermetic poems of Celan and Bronk, and as mysterious as the writings of Heraclitus and the German mystic Meister Eckhart, Faverey's poems, like Lichtenberg's lightning frozen in time, lash out, splintering systems and syntax—enlightening.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811215558
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
01/19/2004
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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AGAINST THE FORGETTING

SELECTED POEMS
By HANS FAVEREY

A New Directions Book

Copyright © 2004 Lela Zeckovic-Faverey
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-8112-1555-5


Chapter One

from Poems (Gedichten) 1968

* * *

Standstill

under construction, demolition under construction. 'Emptiness,

so stately on her stem'; land in sight, blindfold.

* * *

No metaphor

intervenes here. The match, in

accordance with orders, communicated, burning.

* * *

The evacuated air-lock

(till someone's brains, lungs, liver, spleen no longer acknowledge him;

no longer have knowledge of him.)

* * *

A leak in the silence: noise -.

What codes? what filters? (The 1st grape: splat! The 2nd grape: splat!

The th-

* * *

So this man bows

to where nothing is; picks up the rope,

rolls up the rope, blows away the letters

and goes away himself.

* * *

The unbutterfly - the

grey, speckled one - was here.

One of the gifts: a gadget for sucking the time

from things, from organisms.

The other gift is best left unmentioned.

* * *

Dominance

of the clotted; insectoid movements; selection tests

with semantic double filters -. There is still communication, but of the type that

bites its tail and drives its tail-sting straight through its head.

Chapter Two

from Poems 2 (Gedichten 2) 1972

Cycle for the Thin Girl I

* * *

Shouldn't we be leaving here?

Everything's getting overexposed. Here it already has a different name and doesn't smell of much.

Or should we stay here.

Should you want to stay here.

* * *

Distance. What does distance matter;

how does distance work. Can it even unwind a man, then wind him up again?

Of course it's the principle that counts,

if there's a principle that counts.

* * *

What direction's it coming from?

The same direction. And are the other data correct? As far as one can tell.

What do you think you'll do now?

Whatever will you do now.

* * *

The end? No. Almost

the end? No. But what do you mean by no: - salt as well?

Can you hear me: salt as well? Yes. Salt as well? Yes, salt.

* * *

Or should we stay here:

should I want to stay here. When the upper lip is lifted the teeth feel cold.

When both lips are gone,

your teeth feel colder still.

* * *

3 in the morning, 4 at night;

okay?). Parting from a series of shapes; precisely what is silting up inside you, you do not know.

Round skull, angular teeth.

Your sun won't shine long enough now.

* * *

Old rain; new rain.

Prendre la balle au bond or missing it. Fur, from a fox's armpit; stealing a clock,

and keeping your ears shut.

Dashing the egg against the stone.

(Continues...)



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Meet the Author

Hans Faverey (1933-1990) was born in Paramaribo, Surinam and moved to Amsterdam when he was a child. He worked as a clinical psychologist at the University of Leiden and received many literary awards, including the Constantijn Huygens Prize for his work as a whole.

Francis R. Jones lectures in English and applied linguistics at the University of Newcastle. Among his other translations are Ivan V. Lalic's The Works of Love, The Passionate Measure (for which he was awarded the 1991 European Poetry Translation Prize), and The Rusty Needle; Vyacheslav Kupriyanov's In Anyone's Tongue; and Vosko Popa's Complete Poems (with the late Anne Pennington).

Eliot Weinberger (b. NYC, 1949), is an essayist and translator. He won PEN’s first Gregory Kolovakos Award for promoting Hispanic literature in the US, and he is America’s first literary writer to receive Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle. He lives in New York City.

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