poet Roland Jooris

Roland Jooris

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Best Poem of Roland Jooris

Drawing

Can one draw a scratch of thought into the shaft
of a line that after long perusal suddenly head-on
finds its own depth?

Can one see hear it in the glance of the
white, in a wing that touches its shadow,
in the viewing that hatches a window-pane?

The artist stakes out silence, takes over time,
retreats, omits, only holds on to
what leads to essence: the stem of a
nude, the churlish chair, the cross, the man
alienated from his presence.

The artist seeks the detachment of nothingness
in the astonishment at what a line, a spot,
a streak can ...

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Self-portrait

What resides
intact in him
is no purity

is no child
that writes with still stubby
letters

it is a look
that gazes rough and
merciless

it is what conflictingly
disrupts and
compels him

it is recalcitrance

Translated by John Irons