De Stichting ArchipelpoëZie [The Archipel Poetry Foundation] will unveil a wall poem by Derek Walcott, on Friday, March 21, 2014, on the corner of Javastraat and Alexanderplein in The Hague, the Netherlands. See poem and program below:
Broad sun-stoned beaches.
A green river.
scorched yellow palms
from the summer-sleeping house
drowsing through August.
Days I have held,
days I have lost,
days that outgrow, like daughters,
my harbouring arms.
16:00 Arrival of guests, music
16:30 Official opening and welcoming speech: Ruth van Rossum, chairwoman of Stichting ArchipelpoëZie
Short speeches by:
Michiel van Kempen (professor by special appointment for Dutch-Caribbean Literature, University of Amsterdam) about Derek Walcott’s visit to The Netherlands for the first Cola Debrot lecture
Ida Does, filmmaker and director of the documentary Poetry is an Island: Derek Walcott
Joost Dekker, designer and typographer of the new Diamant [Diamond] font, which will be used for the wall poem
Marc Prins, Director of the City of The Hague Central District
Unveiling ceremony: His Excellency Dr. Ernest Hilaire (High Commissioner for Saint Lucia to the United Kingdom) and The Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten, His Excellency Mr. Mathias Voges
17:05 Cocktails, music
18:00 End of festivities
For original post, see http://caraibischeletteren.blogspot.nl/2014/03/gedicht-walcott-onthuld-in-den-haagpoem.html