‘I know the sadness of copy shops’ (‘Ik ken de droefenis van copyrettes’, by Dutch poet Menno Wigman)


‘I know the inexorable sadness of pencils’, by critics Bonita Rhoads and Vadim Erent, in Avant-Post (edited by Louis Armand)

(notice how when critics vs poet the critics (already two to one) fall back on the use of an adjective).

5 thoughts on “Two lines that were made for each other

  1. Hey James,
    the second one? Dunno, don’t think so, I just came across it in the theory book and it reminded me of that Dutch line (which is sort of well known in Holland).

    Glad you’re still reading the blog man! Have been much less active here, but compensating for that in other places. You’re still going strong though eh!

  2. Doch sir, it definitely is. It’s the first line of Roethke’s poem ‘Dolor.’

    Glad you’re reading the blog. I can’t keep up the rigid form forever, but I might turn it into a general poem for the day site.

    Do you know a documentary fim maker called Johann van der Keuken? I’m watching some of his stuff at the moment. He died quite recently and was an Amsterdamer.

    Take care,


  3. Indeed it is! Sorry I missed the link in your last comment (was reading it from my mail account). Anyway, that makes it more interesting. I don’t remember the writers of that essay referencing the Roethke poem, but they must have. But this means that Menno Wigman was either being very ‘intertextual’ with his version of the line, or that it’s just a very serendipitous coincidence.

    Know Johan van der Keuken, and then again not really, not very familiar with his work. Check out Ed van der Elsken too! Made his life work out of documenting Amsterdam in photograph and film.

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