Paul van Ostaijen
Paul van Ostaijen Poems
- Night Sounds There must be white farms beyond the edge of ...
- The Sailor's Suicide The sailor hears the voice of the ...
- The Old Man An old man in the street his simple tale to the...
- Recitative Under the moon the long river slides by Above the...
- Marc Greets Things In The Morn... Hi boy with the bike on the...
- Bersaglieri Song A gentleman going up the street a ...
Paul van Ostaijen (22 February 1896 – 18 March 1928) was a Belgian poet and writer.
Van Ostaijen was born in Antwerp. His nickname was Mister 1830, derived from his habit of walking along the streets of Antwerp clothed as a dandy from that year.
His poetry shows influences from Modernism, Expressionism, Dadaism and early Surrealism, but Van Ostaijen's style is very much his own.
Van Ostaijen was an active flamingant, a supporter of Flemish independence. Because of his involvement with Flemish activism during World War I, he had to flee to Berlin after the war. In Berlin—one of the centers of Dadaism and Expressionism—he met many other artists. He also ... more »
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There must be white farms beyond the edge
of the blue fields by the moon
at night you hear along distant roads
you hear everything then silent delusion
water is suddenly oozing from distant moon fountains
— you suddenly hear water
oozing in the night —
the horses drink hurriedly
then they are heard trotting towards the stable again