Poetry

New Book: Lege Handen • Ifassen Ixwan • Empty Hands, graphic design, photography and poetry in both Dutch and English by me, translation into Tarifit by Baghdad El Mesbahe, paintings Shelley Savor. Amsterdam 2021

Poetry
Most poetry is written to my own photography as well as to other people’s art*) . I usually write in two languages: Dutch and English. My poetry appears in my own publications, like Lege Handen – Idassen Ixwan – Empty Hands, Stadbeesten – Urban Animals and Over de Liefde – About Love as well as in books, zines, websites published by others, see list below.
Some of my poetry can be found on my blog ‘kijkschrijver – eye write‘ (until 2014), in this online album on flickr or in this other facebook album.
The last couple of years I started writing my own poems, without any reference to an art work.
You can find them in this album on facebook.

Short poetic texts
I have written short poetic texts to accompany my drawings in Z!, Amsterdam magazine for the homeless. Every three weeks, an impression in image and words of a place and time, somewhere in the city of Amsterdam. A variable mixture of prose and (concrete) poetry, depending on the situation.

Books

  • Lege Handen • Ifassen Ixwan • Empty Hands, graphic design, photography and poetry in both Dutch and English by me, translation into Tarifit by Baghdad El Mesbahe, paintings Shelley Savor. Amsterdam 2021
  • Soms gaan letters, (Kortweg 2), Laren 2018
  • Kortweg – gedichten & Het filosofendebat – Amforismen
    Eric van Loo & Gerard Beentjes (editors), Laren 2017
    Forty miniature poems by twenty poets (in Dutch), written for the Miniature Poetry Festival in Laren 2017. If you turn this 10 x 10 cm booklet you can read The philosophers debate ‘Amforisms’, a philosophical conversation between the young and the old philosopher.
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