Dichter fan Fryslân
Poet of Fryslân
The poem ‘Fury’, which today can also be read in the Leeuwarder Courant, the Friesch Dagblad and at Omrop Fryslân, was written in response to the attack on Utrecht and the result of the elections, a black day on which yesterday spring at World Poetry Day started.
How someone with a charge of furious hate
in his heart, fuse burning, steps into a train,
a tram or shop, beside himself with rage,
head full of night, lost deep in his own dead ends,
trying to fight his grim way out, with all the hatches
of his soul nailed shut, and empties every chamber.
How one morning someone manifests himself,
his radical insanity, shutting down the entire machinery
of a city as if ordained to do so by some Higher Power,
while there’s always someone whose hands aren’t dirty,
simply innocent, but thanks to crime and punishment
a passenger on Death’s tram now.
How deep in the forest of violence all
the clocks freeze, full stops in the sky,
as everyone, petrified in a moment of terror,
no longer knows which path to take,
no longer knows which path to take as the owl
of hate weaves into B.’s new order.
Translation: David Colmer
The Poet of Fryslân writes six to ten poems a year, and knows how to reach and tie to an audience with his poetry. The poems are highly preferred in the Frisian language or in a Frisian regional language.
The Poet of Fryslân acts as a poetic ambassador and takes care of Fryslân’s poetic representation in a modern and inviting manner. Inside and outside the province. Preferably inspired by actual events or special moments that occur in our province. The Poet of Fryslân knows, in a contemporary and accessible way, how to present current and social themes in poetry.
The Poet of Fryslân is expected to perform a number of times a year on yet to be determined occasions.
Eeltsje Hettinga has been elected the first ever Poet of Fryslân. The appointment is for two years. Deputy Sietske Poepjes will appoint the Poet of Fryslân on November 24, 2017 in the Herman Gorterkerk in Balk.
As the Poet of Fryslân, Hettinga acts as a poetic ambassador over the next two years. He writes six to ten poems a year, most inspired by striking and current events in the province. The Poet of Fryslân receives a fixed fee of € 2,500, – per year and € 250, – for each poem.