Alexander Pushkin Dies in a Duel by Charles Rammelkamp

While working on a series of poems I call ”Russian-Caribbean Requiem”

or ”Prelude to a Russian-Caribbean Requiem”, I stumbled upon the work of Rammelkamp, an American poet who is also writing a series of poems on Russian themes (not sure what I can  publicly divulge about his Russophile project from our correspondence.)

North of Oxford

pushkins_duel_with_danthes_atrist_a_naumov_b A. A. Naumov. Alexander Pushkin’s duel with Georges d’Anthès.
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Alexander Pushkin Dies in a Duel

How would you react
to an anonymous lampoon
awarding you the title,
Deputy Grand Master of the Order of Cuckolds?
We were sure it was the work of Baron d’Anthès.
He’d been sniffing around Pushkin’s wife
in Saint Petersburg society,
but to my knowledge,
the beautiful Natalia’d rejected him.
Married six years, four children,
Pushkin was as certain of her fidelity
as he was of d’Anthès’s mischief.
Sure, tongues wagged as they always will
when a stunning beauty’s involved –
some called Natalia Russia’s Helen of Troy,
and no denying she was a flirt.
She had so many admirers.
But the mock letter couldn’t be ignored,
and even though the Baron denied writing it –
and face it, it wasn’t exactly Eugene Onegin, 
the week after d’Anthès’s…

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Second Christmas Carol to the Amsterdam Aglo-Expat Literati + artistic collaboration with Japanese-Amsterdam photographer Shinji Otani!

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Wombwell Rainbow Interviews: Arturo Desimone

The Wombwell Rainbow

Wombwell Rainbow Interviews

I am honoured and privileged that the following writers local, national and international have agreed to be interviewed by me. I gave the writers two options: an emailed list of questions or a more fluid interview via messenger.

The usual ground is covered about motivation, daily routines and work ethic, but some surprises too. Some of these poets you may know, others may be new to you. I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I do.

Poems of the Mare Nostra

​Arturo Desimone,

Arubian-Argentinian writer and visual artist, born 1984 on the island Aruba which he inhabited until the age of 22, when he emigrated to the Netherlands. He later relocated to Argentina while working on projects related to his Argentinean family background. Desimone’s articles, poetry and fiction pieces previously appeared in CounterPunch, Círculo de Poesía (Spanish) Island, the Drunken Boat, The Missing Slate, EuropeNow, the Writers Resist anthology, Al…

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Los ”Wunderkammer”, armarios oníricos de Hans Op de Beeck


“Cabinet of curiosities” en Galería Ron Mandos, 8 de septiembre-27 de octubre de 2018

Arturo Desimone

Construir generadores de fantasmagoría: esto parece ser el efecto buscado por el escultor, artista contemporáneo y cineasta belga Hans Op de Beeck con su instalación Cabinet of curiosities (Gabinete de curiosidades), exposición individual en la Galería Ron Mandos en Ámsterdam. Hans Op De Beeck (Turnhout, 1969) expuso el año pasado sus obras en los museos alemanes de Leverkusen y Wolfsburg y en el italiano Pino Pascali, en Polignano a Mare. En la muestra Cabinet of curiosities nos revela un mundo cubierto de cenizas, como si hubiese estallado el volcán de Pompeya sobre el Benelux, petrificando en grises su sociedad pequeñoburguesa, para que los visitantes puedan luego contemplar cómo vivían los curiosos habitantes de un mundo de interiores domésticos incoloros.

La serie de instalaciones, pintada en la galería del mismo gris monocromo que las…

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Past Exhibition ” Bestiary as Autobiography ”

In Gallery Vriend van Bavink  Sept 21 – Nov. 3

Arturo Desimone : Bestiary as autobiography

 Opening : Friday September 21 – 17:00
September 21 – October 27

Arturo Desimone
Bestiary as autobiography  

 "Oni Saturn Mario", mixed media on paper, 21x 30 cm 
“Oni Saturn Mario”, mixed media on paper, 21×30 cm
Opening : Friday September 21 – 17:00
September 21 – October 27
Gallery Vriend van Bavink
Geldersekade 58, Amsterdam

The lyrical autobiographical drawings and poems by Arturo Desimone show a layered world view. The work has a visual language that is derived from the different cultures that Desimone encountered in his nomadic life, with his upbringing in the Caribbean in a family of Argentinean and Polish origins. In his first solo exhibition at Gallery Vriend van Bavink Arturo Desimone shows a collection of autobiographical bestiaries.

Bestiaries are medieval authoritative manuscripts that once were considered as trusted art and science documents. They detail those beasts and monstrosities that were believed to inhabit wildernesses near and far. The first conquerors of the Americas employed map-makers, who also detailed the different kinds of monsters, giants and giantesses that inhabited the New World, such as the island Aruba. And Aruba is the place where the artist of this auto-bestiary was born and lived his first 20 years, a diasporic coordinate between the Caribbean and Latin America.

“The day I began to live and behave in a more nomadic way, I kept notebooks that departed from my more usual forms of creative activity. These notebooks filled with bestiaries, drawings that combined human and animal figures, with symbols from the religions I have encountered, and notes from songs: an interplay of my experiences, suffering, pleasures, memories, poems, stories and forces surrounding me as I went about travelling like a wayfarer, a Homo Viator. Restless travelling  does not change how the artist’s primary concern lies with inner experience… Geography looks absurd in relation to art.”
During the years, an autobiographical bestiary came into being and grew, fed by wandering. Desimone carried this to the mountains of the Cevenne to the Netherlands, to a forgotten Poland and to Tunisia in revolution, from the Atlas to the Andes. With his drawings Desimone seeks to reveal the mad and silly ways in which we all succumb to the pursuit of power or unnecessary obedience and the forgiving nature of the sensual worlds. He wants the spectator to accept, see and embrace the comedy in death (a great gift) and the baseness in all politics.
‘My jargon rings truer than most jargons, unlike the academics, my Harry Houdini-act of jargon unchains for I am a delinquent poet.”


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another poem about Buenos Aires

in ”Hinchas de Poesía””  recent issue


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