Dichter fan Fryslân

Poet of Fryslân

Dichter van Fryslân

Nyk de Vries 21/11/2019

Starting

This is how it starts. You come home, stand at
the work top. It’s gone twelve. The house is calm,
you’re anything but.

What the woman next door shouted at the end of
the night made no sense. You said something, but
the others backed her up.

You’re annoyed. You can’t get it out of your
head. People are so sure of themselves. They love
the sound of their own voices. You pull open a
cupboard and reach up.

Fortunately there’s half a bag of Doritos.

*

The bag is soon empty. And you’re back to
fretting. You get into bed, hear the familiar
snoring next to you, but it doesn’t help.

Your monologue doesn’t stop. You search for
words to put them in their place, but your story
stays vague. You’re still the loner you always
were.

Groups are great when there’s laughs to be had.
You love talking about us Frisians. But your
sympathy for the underdog is not by chance.

You’re one yourself, when things don’t go your way.

*

You’re home, but full of homeless feelings. You
hear the wind and all at once – maybe you need to
piss – you’re out of bed.

Without realising it you’ve calmed down a little.
People are so sure of themselves. For a moment
there’s a smirk on your face. And then you think
of something, a line, a few words.

It’s enough. It’s taking form. If you can hold on to
it, you’re on your way. You reach to the side and,
very old-fashioned, grab a pen.

That’s how it starts.

 

 

Translation: David Colmer

 

Poet of Fryslân

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.

Nyk de Vries

On Thursday, November 21st, 2019, Nyk de Vries was officially appointed Poet of Fryslân for the next two years. The appointment by deputy Sietske Poepjes took place in the Stadskas of the Explore the North festival in Leeuwarden.

As the Poet of Fryslân, Nyk de Vries will act as the poetic ambassador of Fryslân for the next two years. He writes six to ten poems a year, preferably inspired by striking and current events in the province. The Poet of Fryslân receives a fixed fee of € 2,500 per year for this and € 250 for each poem.