Dichter fan Fryslân

Poet of Fryslân

Dichter van Fryslân

Sigrid Kingma 27/01/2023

Old friends

My friendships sometimes feel like books
– the few of them still remaining –
the once vivid connection waning
sitting on shelves giving dirty looks.

Definitely, you can see the mould,
stains and they’re dinged-up to a degree
what once seemed maintenance free
is now built on all the old stories retold.

You could of course skip chapter one
but the first ones shaped your language
shared youth and ideals in our baggage

Should get them all out of storage
and give them their deserved attention
find new adventures to toast on.

 

 

Translation: Trevor Scarse

 

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.

Sigrid Kingma

Sigrid Kingma (Drachten, 1989) studied Dutch and Frisian at the University of Groningen. She is known as a stage poet and performs regularly within and outside of the Province of Fryslân and as a poet, reviewer and columnist, Sigrid Kingma has made contributions to several magazines.

In 2016 she made her debut with the bilingual poetry collection ‘Reade triedleas/Red wireless’. Since then she has participated in several international multilingual projects. “I don’t want to limit myself to one kind of audience, one style or even one art form; I want to keep reinventing myself.”