Arturo Desimone

These would-be Becketts who would never learn Ni un seul mot de français,

too affluent to be mistaken crazed beggars or enfant rogues 

Using pseudonyms and Pessoan heteronyms on their cardboard cups

of cappuccino from Starbux, 
Their poems more full of foam
than the moan-cradles of their medicated children, 

the children as medicated as their parents’ poetry 

(whether adopted or baked in the traditional manner.)
Expat house-husbands and glorified housewives 

more Plat than Plath and citing Woolf 

only more virginal, without vaguest resonance of the howl 

of lupine female in heat wanting a male on her back, 

wax into the microphones at poetry nights in Amsterdam 
long since abandoned by the sweaty ghost of Sheyk Al-Ginsberg,

Once-frequenter of the Souks and Medinas of Amsterdam,
looking to buy drugs, off the Surinamese Maron men in the shadows, 

whose smiles are machetes, 

whose broad wooden lips become shining gondolas, 

in compensation for the canals’ absence of gondolas,

full of the drowned who came seeking a Venice of the North and failed 

to find a poet quite like Shylock, 

Ginsberg once stalked these streets looking to buy

fragments of bicycles to peddle to Sodom, 

to Tangier for he was a great 

Sodomizer and Sodomized Poet,

And none of you flakey floss Anglo poets 

of the expat writing scene can hold a flaccid candle 

to that wisdom-Bellower buffoon, when he said 

” Angel-headed hipsters ”

That didn’t mean your kind…

He didn’t say ”bagel-headed hipsters writing poems 

with milk-dipped bagels in their mouths” !

Remember the meanings of slang and code words change. 

You false poets, remember Anne Frank is watching you

wrath-eyed Annie F, those opiate-afflicted, 

Armenian eyes of Annie hate your frivolous, your lousiness, 

your cheers with Indian pale ale

the best poets they deported from here 

to make room for your corn for your din and noise

Arturo Desimone, Arubian-Argentinian writer and visual artist, born 1984 on the island Aruba he inhabited until the age of 22, when he emigrated to the Netherlands. Currently based between Buenos Aires and Bijlmer Arena. A collection ”Poems of the Costa Nostra / Mare Nostrum ” stands slated for publication this April with UK publisher of political poetry, Hesterglock http://www.hesterglock.net/p-008-arturo-desimone.html

Desimone’s articles, poetry and fiction pieces previously appeared in CounterPunch, Círculo de Poesía (Spanish) Island, the Drunken Boat,  EuropeNow,  Writers Resist anthology, Al Araby Al Jadeed (Arabic) and New Orleans Review. Last year he performed at the international poetry festival of Granada, Nicaragua, then had his first solo exhibition of visual art ”Bestiary as Autobiography” and came out as a finalist in the Dutch El Hizjra poetry contest for writing ”in celebration of Arabic literature”

Shinji Otani was a ceramist in Japan before he decided to become a photographer. In 2007 he finished his study in photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. He won the Unseen Dummy Award 2012 from Unseen photo fair Amsterdam and selected awards including Epson art photo awards in Germany and Reymond Weil photo award in Switzerland. Shinji’s work has been exhibited in The Netherlands, Germany, UK and Japan (including Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam, Galerie Nouvelle Images in The Hague, Foam in Amsterdam, Ibasho Gallery in Antwerp, G/P gallery, POST in Tokyo and Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine Museum in Fukuoka) Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands


“The identities of places can be understood by the activities which are found there. I strive to define these identities by observing and documenting the ambiguous relationships objects have with places. My work focuses on the residual information which people and history imprint on environments. The information I photograph is often open-ended which is most of the time the way I encounter it. The photographs which result are a means of analyzing space by observing the composition of objects juxtaposed alongside their functional and aesthetic properties in order to better understand the notion of human activity upon any given location.” –Shinji Otani

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