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CIRCUS EUROPE - Poetry and Images, an international collaboration / Jessie Lendennie

CIRCUS EUROPE - Poetry and Images, an international collaboration

By: Jessie Lendennie

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Published to coincide with the Irish exhibition of Circus Europe at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co. Clare, Ireland from 12th January 2013 The series of works entitled Circus Europe were created by Dutch artist Machteld van Buren in 2012 and are to be exhibited in Ireland and the Netherlands in 2013. Circus Europe co...
ISBN 978-1-912561-98-8
Pub Date Saturday, January 12, 2013
Cover Image The Choir and the Belly Dancer by Machteld van Buren, Circus Europe (2012, collage, 140 x 100cm), reproduced by kind permission of the artist.
Page Count 46
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Published to coincide with the Irish exhibition of Circus Europe at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co. Clare, Ireland from 12th January 2013

The series of works entitled Circus Europe were created by Dutch artist Machteld van Buren in 2012 and are to be exhibited in Ireland and the Netherlands in 2013. Circus Europe consists of eight large collages which illustrate how the struggle for survival is being waged in various European countries. Most of the countries are depicted as an animal: the body consists of a map onto which the realistic head of an animal has been superimposed. Great Britain is portrayed with a number of horses’ heads, which form part of the landscape. The awkward juxtaposition of these figures suggests that the UK is not only struggling with its position within the EU, but is also divided by internal strife. Germany appears to be a bird of prey – not the traditional eagle, but a vulture.The juggling acts which these circus animals have to perform to keep themselves going are indicative of how each nation functions.

Four Dutch poets and four Irish poets were invited to offer their interpretation of these images for publication in a book to go with the exhibition. The Irish poets are Jo Slade, Frank Golden, Jessie Lendennie and Patrick Chapman. The Dutch poets are Arnoud van Adrichem, Martin Reints, Lieke Marsman and Peter van Lier. The book also contains full-colour reproductions of the eight collages from the Circus Europe exhibition.

Machteld van Buren is an established artist and her work is in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden.
 

Jessie Lendennie

Jessie Lendennie was born in Arkansas, USA. After years of travel, she settled in Ireland in 1981. Her previous publications include a book-length prose poem Daughter (1988); reprinted as Daughter and Other Poems in 2001. She complied and edited: Salmon: A Journey in Poetry, 1981-2007Poetry: Reading it, Writing It, Publishing It (2009) and Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (2010).  She is co-founder (1981) and Managing Director of Salmon Poetry. Her poems, essays and articles have been widely published and she has given numerous readings, lectures and writing courses in Ireland and abroad, including Yale University; Rutgers University; The Irish Embassy, Washington D.C; The University of Alaska, Fairbanks and Anchorage; MIT, Boston; The Loft, Minneapolis, MN; Café Teatre, Copenhagen, Denmark; the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville;  The Irish American Cultural Centre, Chicago and The Bowery Poetry Club, New York City. She is currently working on a memoir To Dance Beneath the Diamond Sky.

Lieke Marsman


Italy

I’ve sketched that photo
of myself on a rock
in the Dolomites

to create an inverted image of my shadow
as if she’d like to race ahead of me
which she does

I have no trouble
giving frisky chimps the run of the place
which is why

if I were a country
I’d use the same tactics to
unite my assorted territories 

divide myself in two
sport a tail

stand on my borders
and miss my islands


Translated by Susan Massotty


Italië

ik heb die foto nagetekend
van mezelf op een steen
in de dolomieten
 
om mijn schaduw omgekeerd op beeld te zetten
alsof ze van me vooruit wil lopen
wat ze doet
 
ik vind het niet moeilijk 
om overal vrolijke aapjes bij te laten
het liefst
 
als ik een land was 
zou ik op deze manier
een bijeengeraapte eenheid zijn

mezelf in tweeën willen delen
een staart hebben
 
aan mijn grenzen gaan staan
en mijn eilanden missen

Copyright © Lieke Marsman 2013


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