The Old Coastline
Selected Poems of M. Vasalis
She has been called "the Dutch Elizabeth Bishop." These are poems that readers cherish for their intensity, intimacy, and cinematic effects. SIMULTANEITY Six in the evening, in the kitchen The little dog with pricked-up ears, the potatoes boiling on the stove, the wooden tick of the clock - the sky far and gray-blue and the jewelweeds, tall as people. The pasture with uneven tussocks and their shadows, like drawings in a cave. And the knifelike light that burns through the leaves, a glittering mystery. And I - another creature, watching it. It blends together and it doesn't change. Oh Lord. I feel that something ought to be made clear to me. That I've been granted time, and yet, however overwhelmed I am, something is missing that would help me say: this order, however slipshod it may be: I see it, I'm awakened. Forgive my deafness and my lack of seeing, and hold me in your greatness - I am small, but have, as well, too many tentacles that grope in the different-being Being. M. Vasalis (1909-1998) was the pen name of Margaretha Drooglever-Fortuyn-Leenmans, a Dutch psychiatrist who specialized in children. Her poems come out of her life, her experience of the natural world, her professional practice, and her family relations. They arise from the pressure of occasion and necessity rather from an ambition to originality or greatness-their relative modesty is one of their secret strengths. Vasalis remains one of the most widely read and admired poets of her language and country.
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