miercuri, 21 septembrie 2016

CLH 4 (54) / JULY - AUGUST 2016


EDITORIAL
Daniel Dragomirescu
“The Descent of Man. Coborârea omului”, p. 1 - 2

ORIZONTURI CRITICE, p. 2 - 15
Raymond Walden (Germania), Gehört der Islam zu Deutschland?
Marcela Benavides (Argentina), Emilio Sosa Lopez: Apuntes para una biografía
Tatiana Rădulescu, Mihai Cantuniari, poète existentialiste
Roxana Doncu (România), Kapka Kassabova – Adventures in Balcania

BIBLIOTHECA UNIVERSALIS, p. 16 - 27
Neil Leadbeater, Three book reviews: “Reading Apollinaire” by Valerie Fox; “The Year of the Three” by Katherine Gallagher; “The Meeting with Cerberus” by Daniel Dragomirescu
Carmen Manolachi, “Evening Rituals” by Ludvig Holmdahl

SCRISORI. LETTERS, p. 27 - 32
Rudy Spillman (Israel), Para que no nos coman los leones
Paul Sutherland (Marea Britanie-Canada), A Letter from Brexit Land

INTERVIURI. INTERVIEW, p. 33 - 41
Monica Manolachi (România), Interviu cu Felix Nicolau

ORIZONTURI EPICE. PROSE HORIZONS, p. 41 - 45
Martín Sosa Cameron (Argentina), Hombre planta
Arturo Hernández Fuentes (Mexic), Soñar de nuevo
Gabriela Apetrei (România), A day to remember

ORIZONTURI POETICE. POETRY HORIZONS, p. 46 - 62
Graham Fulton (Marea Britanie), Morelle Smith (Marea Britanie), Douglas Lipton (Marea Britanie), Kees van Meel (Olanda) , Rob van Uden (Olanda) , Ewoud Willem van Doorn (Olanda), John Tischer (Statele Unite-Mexic), Alina Velazco Ramos (Mexic), Antonio Arroyo Silva (Spania), Mirian Caloretti Castillo (Peru), Tomislav Marijan Bilosnić (Croaţia), Irma Elvira Tamez García (Mexic), Marilia Silva (Portugalia), Jean Taillabresse (Franţa), Claudio Sottocornola (Italia), Leone D’Ambrosio (Italia)

MESSAGES FROM THE UK AFTER BREXIT, p. 63 – 64
ANTOLOGIILE “BIBLIOTECII UNIVERSALE”, p. 64

TRADUCERI. TRANSLATIONS
Roxana Doncu, Daniel Bărbulescu, Diana Dragomirescu, Tatiana Rădulescu, Georgiana Gradinaru, Carmen Manolachi, Monica Manolachi, Andra Negoşanu, Elena Ţăpean, Daniel Dragomirescu, Gabriela Apetrei, Alexandra Irimia,  Željka Lovrenčić (Croaţia), Raymond Walden (Germania), Annelies Luteijn (Olanda)


duminică, 18 septembrie 2016

CLH & "BIBLIOTHECA UNIVERSALIS"



BIBLIOTHECA UNIVERSALIS’ ANTHOLOGIES
LAS ANTOLOGIAS DE BIBLIOTHECA UNIVERSALIS
ANTOLOGIILE BIBLIOTECII UNIVERSALE


“Bibliotheca Universalis” has published in August 2016 its first poetic anthology: “Antologia poetica rumano-chilena”, coodinated by Ingrid Odgers. This project continues with other two anthologies, yet prepared to be published soon: “Antologia poetica rumano-canaria”, coordinated by Isa Guerra and the first American poetic anthology: “New Work by Philadelphia Poets”, coordinated by Valerie Fox from Philadelphia.
In “Antologia poetica rumano-chilena” are included the following authors: Taty Torres Díaz, Amanda Varín, Miriam Leido Garrido, Rosy Elena Sáez, Amanda Iturra Leal, Consuelo Martínez Astorga, Cecilia Palma Jara, Alejandra Ziebrecht Quiñones, Rossana Arellano Guirao, Mío Araujo, Karina García Albadiz, Enrique Silva Rodríguez, Patricio Bruna Poblete, Rodrigo Verdugo Pizarro, Jaime Villanueva, Alan Muñoz Olivares, Diego Aravena Inostroza, Juan Carlos Sánchez Palma, Rodrigo Suárez Pemjean, Alfredo Lavergne, Ingrid Odgers Toloza.
In “Antologia rumano-canaria” are included the authors: Fernando Garciarramos, Juan Jiménez, José Luis Pernas, Julia Gil Lopez, María Castro Acosta, Arminda del Castillo, José Antonio Luján, Margarita Ojeda  García, Berbel, Félix Martin Arencibia, Roberto Cabrera, Olga Luis Rivero, Antonio Arroyo Silva, Aquiles García Brito, Rosario Valcárcel, Graciliana Montelongo Amador, Teresa Delgado Duque, María Montserrat Ríos Torres, Dunia Sánchez Padrón, Isa Guerra García.
In “New Work by Philadelphia Poets” are included the following authors: Alicia Askenase, Courtney K. Bambrick, Peter Baroth, Julia Blumenreich, Blythe Davenport, Melanie Farley, Lynn Levin, Warren C. Longmire, Kelly McQuain, Dawn Manning, Don Riggs, Paul Siegell, Elaine Terranova.
We have in progress: “Antologia rumano-canaria”, coordinated by Antonio Arroyo, the “Scottish-Romanian Anthology” coordinated by Sally Evans & Neil Leadbeater, “Antologia israeli-rumana”, coordinated by Edith Lomovasky-Goel and the “Romanian-Nigerian Anthology”, coordinated by Abiola Olatunde.
This project will confirm very well our slogan: “Bibliotheca Universalis – all the world in a library”.

***

“Bibliotheca Universalis” ha publicado en Agosto 2016 su primera antologia poetica: “Antologia poetica rumano-chilena”, coordenada por Ingrid Odgers. Este proyecto continua con otras dos antologias, ya preparadas para la publicación: “Antologia poetica rumano-canaria”, coordenada por Isa Guerra y la primera antologia poetica estadounitense: “New Work by Philadelphia Poets. “Nueva Obra por los poetas desde Philadelphia”, coordenada por Valerie Fox.
En la “Antología rumano-chilena” son incluidos los siguentes autores: Taty Torres Díaz, Amanda Varín, Miriam Leido Garrido, Rosy Elena Sáez, Amanda Iturra Leal, Consuelo Martínez Astorga, Cecilia Palma Jara, Alejandra Ziebrecht Quiñones, Rossana Arellano Guirao, Mío Araujo, Karina García Albadiz, Enrique Silva Rodríguez, Patricio Bruna Poblete, Rodrigo Verdugo Pizarro, Jaime Villanueva, Alan Muñoz Olivares, Diego Aravena Inostroza, Juan Carlos Sánchez Palma, Rodrigo Suárez Pemjean, Alfredo Lavergne, Ingrid Odgers Toloza.
En la “Antologia rumano-canaria” son publicados los siguentes autores: Fernando Garciarramos, Juan Jiménez, José Luis Pernas, Julia Gil Lopez, María Castro Acosta, Arminda del Castillo, José Antonio Luján, Margarita Ojeda  García, Berbel, Félix Martin Arencibia, Roberto Cabrera, Olga Luis Rivero, Antonio Arroyo Silva, Aquiles García Brito, Rosario Valcárcel, Graciliana Montelongo Amador, Teresa Delgado Duque, María Montserrat Ríos Torres, Dunia Sánchez Padrón, Isa Guerra García.
En “New Work by Philadelphia Poets” son incluidos los siguentes autores: Alicia Askenase, Courtney K. Bambrick, Peter Baroth, Julia Blumenreich, Blythe Davenport, Melanie Farley, Lynn Levin, Warren C. Longmire, Kelly McQuain, Dawn Manning, Don Riggs, Paul Siegell, Elaine Terranova.
Tenemos en preparación: “Antologia rumano-canaria”, coordenada por Antonio Arroyo, la “Antologia rumano-escocesa”, coordenada por Sally Evans & Neil Leadbeater, “Antologia israeli-rumana”, coordenada por Edith Lomovasky-Goel y “Romanian-Nigerian Anthology”, coordenada por Abiola Olatunde.
Este proyecto confirmará totalmente nuestro lema: “Bibliotheca Universalis – todo el mundo en una biblioteca”.

***

 “Bibliotheca Universalis” a publicat în luna august 2016 prima antologie bilingvă de poezie: “Antologia româno-chiliană” (în limbile spaniolă şi română), coordonată de poeta Ingrid Odgers, profesoară la Universitatea din oraşul Concepción. Proiectul continuă cu alte două antologii: “Antologia româno-canară” (spaniolă-română), coordonată de Isa Guerra şi cu prima antologie de poezie americană contemporană: “New Work by Philadelphia Poets. Noua operă a poeţilor din Philadelphia” (engleză – română), coordonată de autoarea Valerie Fox, profesoară la Universitatea Drexel din Philadelphia. În “Antologia româno-chiliană” sunt incluşi următorii autori: Taty Torres Díaz, Amanda Varín, Miriam Leido Garrido, Rosy Elena Sáez, Amanda Iturra Leal, Consuelo Martínez Astorga, Cecilia Palma Jara, Alejandra Ziebrecht Quiñones, Rossana Arellano Guirao, Mío Araujo, Karina García Albadiz, Enrique Silva Rodríguez, Patricio Bruna Poblete, Rodrigo Verdugo Pizarro, Jaime Villanueva, Alan Muñoz Olivares, Diego Aravena Inostroza, Juan Carlos Sánchez Palma, Rodrigo Suárez Pemjean, Alfredo Lavergne, Ingrid Odgers Toloza.
În “Antologia româno-canară” sunt incluşi autorii: Fernando Garciarramos, Juan Jiménez, José Luis Pernas, Julia Gil Lopez, María Castro Acosta, Arminda del Castillo, José Antonio Luján, Margarita Ojeda  García, Berbel, Félix Martin Arencibia, Roberto Cabrera, Olga Luis Rivero, Antonio Arroyo Silva, Aquiles García Brito, Rosario Valcárcel, Graciliana Montelongo Amador, Teresa Delgado Duque, María Montserrat Ríos Torres, Dunia Sánchez Padrón, Isa Guerra García.
În antologia “Noua operă a poeţilor din Philadelphia” sunt incluşi autorii: Alicia Askenase, Courtney K. Bambrick, Peter Baroth, Julia Blumenreich, Blythe Davenport, Melanie Farley, Lynn Levin, Warren C. Longmire, Kelly McQuain, Dawn Manning, Don Riggs, Paul Siegell, Elaine Terranova. Este interesant de menţionat că Peter Baroth şi Paul Siegell au ţinut să menţioneze în biografiile ataşate textelor poetice ascendenţa lor românească: bunicii lui Peter Baroth erau din Maramureş, iar cei ai lui Paul Siegell, din Bârlad. Ei au emigrat în Statele Unite la începutul secolului XX, dar obârşia românească nu a fost, iată, uitată de nepoţii lor.
“Biblioteca Universală” mai pregăteşte o a doua “Antologie româno-canară”, coordonată de prof. Antonio Arroyo din Santa Cruz de Tenerife, “Antologia româno-scoţiană” (în engleză, scoţiană, română), coordonată de Sally Evans şi Neil Leadbeater, “Antologia româno-israeliană” (în ebraică, spaniolă, română), coordonată de hispanista Edith Lomovasky-Goel, precum şi prima antologie de poezie africană – “Antologia româno-nigeriană” (în engleză şi română), coordonată de scriitoarea Abiola Olatunde. O antologie bilingvă de literatură română contemporană este, de asemenea, în atenţia echipei de colaboratori a Bibliotecii Universale.
Acest proiect confirmă veridicitatea devizei “Tot mapamondul într-o bibliotecă”.

Daniel Dragomirescu

joi, 25 august 2016

AN INTERCULTURAL EVENT. UN EVENTO INTERCULTURAL. UN EVENIMENT INTERCULTURAL


NUESTRO AMIGO, EL POETA MANUEL SILVA ACEVEDO
PREMIADO EN CHILE

Con una satisfacción especial nos alaga informales a nuestros amigos y lectores del mundo hispanico y de todo el mundo que el poeta chileno Manuel Silva Acevedo acaba de recibir el Premio Nacional de Literatura, uno de los galardones más importantes de la Republica Chilena. Valormos el hecho de que este premio sea, en primer lugar, un reconocimiento de su valor y, también, una confirmación internacional de que “Horizonte literario contemporáneo” es una revista que realmente publica y expande las creaciones de multiples autores de un real valor. Recalcamos el hecho de que Manuel Silva Acevedo ha sido publicado en la edición especial “Terra Australis” 4 (36) / 2013. Le mandamos nuestras más sinceras felicitaciones al maestro Poeta e igualmente a nuestro buen amigo Theodoro Elssaca, el presidente de la Fundación IberoAmericana.
Al final, mencionamos que Manuel Silva Acevedo recibirá también El Premio Intercultural “Aula Magna” que será para la primera vez concedido este año por la revista “Horizonte literario contemporáneo”.
El Equipo redaccional de la revista 
"Horizonte literario contemporáneo"

MANUEL SILVA ACEVEDO
(CHILE)

LOBOS Y OVEJAS
(fragmentos)

Hay un lobo en mi entraña que pugna por nacer
Mi corazón de oveja, lerda criatura
se desangra por él

Por qué si soy oveja
deploro mi ovina mansedumbre
Por qué maldigo mi pacífica cabeza
vuelta hacia el sol
Por qué deseo ahogarme en la sangre
de mis brutas hermanas apacentadas

Me parieron de mala manera
me parieron oveja
Soy tan desgraciada y temerosa
No soy más que una oveja pordiosera
Me desprecio a mí misma
cuando escucho a los lobos
que aúllan monte adentro

Yo, la oveja soñadora, pacía entre las nubes
pero un día la loba me tragó
y yo, la estúpida cordera
conocí entonces la noche, la verdadera noche
y allí en la tiniebla de su entraña de loba
me sentí lobo malo de repente

Si me dieran a optar sería lobo
Pero qué puedo hacer si esta pobre pelleja
no relumbra como la noche negra
y estos magros colmillos no muerden ni desgarran
Si me dieran a optar
los bosques silenciosos serían mi guarida
y mi aullido ominoso haría temblar a los rebaños
Pero qué hacer con mis albos vellones
Cómo transfigurar mi condición ovina.

(publicado en HLC 4 (36) / 2013)


PERFIL CULTURAL
Manuel Silva Acevedo (n. 1942, Santiago de Chile) es un poeta chileno de la llamada generación literaria de 1960, su obra poética es destacada por  importantes antologías dentro y fuera del país, y parte de ella ha sido traducida al inglés, alemán, francés, portugues e italiano.  Publicó su primer poemario, Perturbaciones, en 1967, a los 25 años y alcanzó su consagración con su segundo libro Lobos y ovejas, escrito en 1976;  Mester de bastardía (1977); Monte de Venus (1979); Terrores diurnos (1982); Palos de ciego (1986); Desandar lo andado (Canadá, 1988); Wölfe und Schafe (Munich, Alemania, 1989); Canto rodado (1995); Houdini (Libro de Artista, 1996); Suma alzada (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1998); Cara de hereje (2000); Día Quinto (2002); Lobos y ovejas (Eloísa Cartonera, Bs. Aires, 2004); Bajo palabra (CD, 2004); Campo de amarte (2006); Como un carbón prendido entre la niebla, Poesía de Antonio Cisneros, selección y prólogo de Manuel Silva Acevedo (LOM, 2007); Escorial (México D.F., 2007); Lobos y ovejas (Ediciones Universidad Diego Portales, 2009); Contraluz (2010); Lazos de sangre (2010).
Su trabajo poético ha aparecido en antologías en Chile y en el extranjero, en países como Alemania, España, Portugal, Suecia, Francia, Rumania y Estados Unidos. Reconocimientos a su obra:  Premio Trilce-Luis Oyarzún de Poesía por Lobos y ovejas, obtenido en 1972, ante un jurado que estuvo presidido por Enrique Lihn. En 1977 recibió el premio Libro de Oro por su libro Mester de bastardia, En 1996 obtuvo Beca de la Fundación Andes y del Consejo del Libro y la Lectura. En 1997, Premio Eduardo Anguita de la Editorial Universitaria.  Nominado al Premio Altazor el año 2002 y premiado por el Circulo de Críticos de Valparaíso en 2003. Premio Nacional Jorge Tellier Universidad de la Frontera en 2012.
Manuel Silva Acevedo es un colaborador honorario de la revista "Horizonte literario contemporáneo" desde 2013. 

marți, 23 august 2016

CONTEMPORARY HORIZONS: JOHN TISCHER (UNITED STATES - MEXICO)


The Truth: an Editorial

The truth is always positive. If the truth exposes something negative, that is a positive effect of the truth.

Some people think Mr. Trump is the same as Hitler. Certainly it's true they didn't come up with this idea themselves... it's been repeated in the MSM like a broken record.

It's true that many Americans have been brainwashed. Mind control to make Americans good consumers, for example, has been operative since just after the First Word War. The prominence of Madison Avenue is a testament to this reality.

If one objectively examines this election, it's clear that the status quo selling of Hillary is fully in motion. Popular T.V. series, like the Simpsons, have  propagandized against Mr. Trump. The MSM treats Mr. Trumps words and distorts them to create the impression he is a crypto Genghis Khan, while, at the same time, they avoid reporting the truths that Hillary is a lying,  thieving criminal likely complicit in the murders of people opposed to her.

But even the MSM has to look at the history  of, and her current corruption. What happened  with the Clinton Foundation is such a  transparent example of pay-to-play that it simply can't be ignored.

The corruption of the government, (is there any major government institution that is not corrupt?) absolved her of criminal charges, while, in the same breath, demonstrated that she was guilty as hell of those same charges.

Where is the truth in this election? Obviously, Mr. Trump is telling the truth, tho he is brash  and clumsy, hyperbolic in his rhetoric, and rubs people the wrong way. If one uses their  intelligence and looks past the slogans of the  MSM and the entertainment cabal, one sees that his positions make common sense.

America is a nation of addicts. Its people are addicted to many things...i pods...twitter...their sense of entitlement..."We're Number One!" Any lie that feeds their craving is welcome and embraced. Mr Trump represents an intervention of the American Dream.

The American Dream seemed nice when America was rescuing (read: subjugating) Japan and Germany after the Second World War...helping (read; undermining) Europe and Russia in that moral conflict (read: establishing American  hegemony).

Now, with all the problems of the world that  threaten the human species, America, (read the  1%), has taken off the kid gloves. Greed has  become transparent.

Some of the ones supporting Mr. Trump do so  because their lives are being ruined by the banks, by the education system, by a criminal government. Others back Mr. Trump because they see the truth that if Clinton is elected, if the status quo is allowed to survive, it could mean nuclear war and the end of civilization. That's the worst case scenario. But  what is certain is that the middle class will continue to be erased, radical Muslims will pour into the country and kill lots of people. And the rest of the world will continue to see America for what it is: a powerful, stupid bully, and they will form stronger alliances against it. Japan and Europe will continue to support their master. A New World Order, (read dictatorship) is on its way.

I'm with Thomas Paine: "Give me liberty or give me death" (not debt). I'll fight against a corrupt American government as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution tell me I have a right and a duty to do. If Mr. Trump is elected, perhaps there is a chance that that won't be necessary. If not, it may well be.

"Hillary Baggages" (a satirical cartoon from an US newspaper)

About the author

John Tischer (born in 1949, at Chicago, as a son of a German father and a Jewish mother) is a contemporary poet from the United States. He graduated the Carleton College in 1971 and was a student of Chogyam Trungpa in 1972. In 2004 he settled in Tepoztlan, Mexico.
John Tischer writes poetry since the 70's. A few poems from his vaste creation have been published in  “Windhorse”, a Buddhist literary magazine. He was also present with poetry on "Sleepless Nights", an electronica music radio show (KGNU, Boulder, Colorado), a dozen times in the late 1990’s. Some of his readings are available as MP3 on www.buddabomb.com
The unpublished book Café at the End of Time was written in 2013 (at the request of CLH) and it is an excellent autobiographical novel about his childhood and youth. Poetry blog (since 2007): Eggtooth Breaks Open, www.johntischer.blogspot.com
He is the author of the book “Brownian Life” (“Bibliotheca Universalis”, 2015).
John Tischer has been an honorary contributor of “Contemporary Literary Horizon” since 2011. 

CLH - A JOURNAL FOR OPEN MINDED PEOPLE

miercuri, 17 august 2016

CONTEMPORARY HORIZONS: NEIL LEADBEATER (UNITED KINGDOM)


Photo by Monica Manolachi (London, 2015)

Daniel Dragomirescu: The End of a Dictatorship 
(Bibliotheca Universalis, Bucharest, Romania, 2015)

Daniel Dragomirescu is a Romanian author, essayist, publicist and editor who was born in Bucharest in 1952. He is a member of the Writers’ Union of Romania, a graduate of the Post-Secondary School of Secretariat-Stenography and External Commerce, Bucharest, and a Bachelor of the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest. Between 1978 and 1980 he worked as assistant stenographer at the Linguistics Institute, Bucharest and subsequently in the education system before pursuing cultural and literary activities on a freelance basis. Between 2006 and 2007 he was the editor of 'Adevărul Literar din Vaslui' and in 2008 he became the founder and editor of 'Orizont Literar Contemporan' (Contemporary Literary Horizon) which is an intercultural journal with contributions in English, Spanish and Romanian. His novels include Nothing New Behind the Iron Curtain (2003); The Red Desert (2004); Dark November (2005) and Quicksand (2007).

Most of the sixteen articles and essays included in this book have been published over the last ten years in the national and local press but some are published here for the first time. Collectively they cover a number of significant topics which includes an exposéof the electoral system, a brief history of Transylvania, a crusader’s testimony about incidents from the First World War, perspectives on Russia (the old Russia and post-soviet Russia), an account of the current educational system, the horror of the Colectiv nightclub fire, an account of Nadejda Mandelstam’s novel “Hopeless”, reflections on Daniel Defoe’s character Man Friday and  the relatively peaceful demise of specific dictatorships in recent years in other parts of the world.Not surprisingly, the two themes that dominate this volume are those of democracy and dictatorship.

Politics comes to the fore in the very first essay which questions the legitimacy of political rule through the ballot box in Romania between the years 1926 and 1946. In ths essay, Dragomirescu focuses onthe campaign for the General Election in Romania in 1946 which has already been well-documented by many other writers and journalists over the years. It is widely known that this campaign was one-sided. During the process, many instances of irregularities were reported, but not carried through. As official results were announced, voting slips were immediately destroyed. The election resulted in the Communist Party and its allies achieving an overwhelming majority in the Assembly of Deputies. This changed the course of history and Dragomirescu details the extent of the corruption which was to permeate all levels of society from then onwards.

In 'Old Romania', new Romania, Dragomirescu says that we should seriously revise our concepts if we believe that after 1989 Romania has successfully reintegrated itself intothe capitalist system. On the contrary, there is every sign to suggest that the countryis still carrying the wounds of its recent past. The totalitarian regime managed to wipe out all that the country had successfully created a century before in terms of modernisation.

The essay on the education system, 'The School – a Cinderella?' points all too clearly to the need for change. Dragomirecu draws comparisons between the French education system and the Romanian one and states that although successive governments have declared education a national priority little is actually done to improve the state of education overall. Becoming a Communist country in 1947, Romania was led by tyrannical dictators Ion Anonescu and Nicolae Ceausescu until the fall of Communism in 1989. Using the schools as a platform, it sought to infiltrate the curriculum, the education was highly regimented and controlled and, although many changes have occurred since then, chronic underfunding has meant that the infrastructure needed to bring both the quality of the teaching and the actual fabric of the school buildings up to standard is sadly lacking.

In another essay, Dragmoriescu charts the history of Transylvania, which has been dominated by several different peoples and countries. Once the centre of the Kingdom of Dacia (82BC to 106AD), it became subsumed within the Roman Empire, and later came under the rule of tribes such as the Visigoths, the Huns and the Slavs and, later still, was settled by the Hungarians. Union with Romania did not come about until 1918 but even after that, border disputes continued until the Treaty of Paris in 1947 when the Northern part of Transylvania was finally returned to Romania.

The Colectiv nightclub fire, which occurred in Bucharest on 30 October 2015, is the subject of another essay.  A total of 64 people died and a further 147 were injured. The fire, which was the worst incident to happen in Romania since the Baloteşti plane crash, took place during a free concert performed by a band called Goodbye to Gravity. The use of sparkler firework candles ignited the club’s flammable polyurethane acoustic foam and the fire spread rapidly throughout the building. Mass protests over the corruption linked to the fire led to the resignation of the Prime Minister, Victor Ponta.

In these essays, Dragomirescu repeatedly speaks of the severe crisis of faith that Romanians have in their government where there is no opposition to hold anyone to account. In Democracy and responsibility he points out that “there is no democracy, in the modern sense of the word, without political pluralism.”

In his essay 'Man Friday and the Social Man' Dragomirescu asks “Is man good by nature and corrupted by society, as Jacques Rousseau considered in the 18th century?”It is a question that is pivotal to the whole history of his country and also to all of the essays to be found in this book. Leaving literary comparisons aside, Dragomirescu concludes that “Man is neither good nor bad by nature – but he turns into the one or the other during his existence, because there are all kinds of determinisms at play”. Over the years, Romania has had more than its fair share of determinisms to deal with and now, as a part of the European Union, it is learning once again to adapt to yet another step-change shaped once more by political history.

Cultural profile

Neil Leadbeater was born in Wolverhampton, England. He was educated at Repton and is an English graduate from the University of London. Author, poet, essayist and critic, his work has been published widely in anthologies and journals both at home and abroad.

His publications include Hoarding Conkers at Hailes Abbey (Littoral Press, 2010); Librettos for the Black Madonna (White Adder Press, 2011); The Worcester Fragments (Original Plus, 2013); The Loveliest Vein of Our Lives (Poetry Space, 2014) and The Fragility of Moths (Bibliotheca Universalis, 2014). An e-book, Grease-banding The Apple Trees is available as a PDF from Raffaelli Editore, Rimini.

Now based in Scotland, he is a member of the Federation of Writers (Scotland). He is also a regular reviewer for the on-line magazine 'Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement)' (USA). He has been an honorary contributor to 'Orizont Literar Contemporan' ('Contemporary Literary Horizon') since 2011 and his work has been translated into Romanian, Spanish and Swedish.



marți, 2 august 2016

CONTEMPORARY HORIZONS


“The Future is Now”

A conversation with John Tischer,
the author of the book “Brownian Life”


  Daniel Dragomirescu: Dear Bardy, what do you think about this point of view: “CIA also behind failed coup attempt: Former Turkish army chief”? It's an interview published today in “Daily News”, a Turkish journal. I am looking with interest at your opinion.
  John Tischer: We know that the CIA was behind the formation of Al Qaeda, and after that ISIS... so, why not? They have had their hands in every overthrow of government from all those in South America, Greece, Iran... you name it.... so, I don't really need to know... I just can't imagine that, if it was bad, that they somehow wouldn't be involved. 
  DD: But why would the US and EU - Merkel and her henchmen leadership  encourage the ISIS terror Movement to kill innocent people here in Europe or in other parts of the world?!? For what is this useful, this increase of mass murder in Germany, the Trojan Horse of the inmigrants?!? What is the idea?! Make me clear about that, please, you must know.
  JT: It's "Liberalism" distorted and run amok... which is part of the New World Order  idea of one government... in order to get there, they have to destabilize the world, including making the USA lose it's power, so the whole game can be consolidated. "Liberal" because they say "we should save the refugees because it's the kind thing to do" when really all they're doing is inviting the terrorists to make America weaker... it's a false flag operation. Germany, France and Britain are already being ruined. The Brexit was a blow to the NWO, but they're already being punished economically for it. 
  DD: Yes, I'm afraid this is the truth... Maybe you'll write for CLH a larger article about it.  You are one of the few who is able, like Oedip, Laocoon or Platon, to see the cave in which we live.
  JT: What would be the title/subject?
  DD: The New Bullshit Order or something like that. 

***

  DD: And this: Trump suggests general election could be 'rigged' Is true??? The US Elections may be rigged?? 
  JT: Well, we know for certain already that the Democratic primary was rigged...and there's really no reason why they wouldn't try to rig the election if it looks like Trump has a chance to win. He's way down in the polls right now. America is a rigged system altogether...only Trump wants to try to change that. Here's a good article about how the mainstream media functions, from an historical perspective going back to the first world war:
http://www.swans.com/library/art7/ga120.html.
  DD: Thank you, man. You really are an open minded guy! 
  JT: It's because of the USA that I live in Mexico....remember that. 
  DD: I would like men as you to live in the US and people like Clinton and Co to live on Pluto or better in another galaxy.
  JT: That would be nice for me.  But, you remember, the smart Jews left Germany when they saw what was happening... (smart and rich Jews, I should say). It's the same situation in the USA now. Many people are leaving and renouncing their citizenship... not as many as the Jews, but it's the same idea. It's not the ultimate solution, but I've felt much better living down here than I did...especially the last year... in America. America is really crazy, but the people there... a lot of them... don't see it because it has come on so gradually.
  DD: Perfectly crazy is this NWO! This can't have a good future. 
  JT: The future is now.
  DD: In this case, Donald J. Trump is really our last chance. 

Tepoztlan – Bucharest, 2 August 2016

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DONALD J. TRUMP 
ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW IN CLH 4 (54)/JULY-AUGUST 2016

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sâmbătă, 2 iulie 2016

DUTCH HORIZONS: ROB VAN UDEN


Galathée

In een zetel komt ze uit de zee,
gedragen door dolfijnen,

als melk zo wit, haar huid,
als marmer, maar warmer,
zo'n zacht, zo'n licht gezicht.

Haar naam is Galathée,
zoveel mooier dan reëel,
een paradijs om in te wonen

en mooier dan ik ooit zag.

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Ze lonkt, verleidt mijn hart
om in te stappen,
het eiland te verlaten,
terug te keren
over zeeën, oceanen,

tot ik juttend op het strand
mijzelf vind,

met in mijn armen
niets dan resten
schuim en schubben.


Galatea

She emerges from the sea in a seat,
drawn by dolphins,

white as milk, her skin,
like marble, only warmer,
so soft, so light a sight.

Her name is Galatea,
so much lovelier than real,
a paradise to reside in

and lovelier than ever I saw.

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She makes eyes at me,
entices my heart
to board
leave the island
to return
across seas, oceans,

until, beachcombing,
I find myself

and in my arms
nothing but remnant
scum and scales.


Galateea

Se ridică din mări într-un jilț,
tras de delfini,

albi ca laptele, pielea ei,
ca marmura, caldă,
atât de lină, atât de ușoară.

Numele ei este Galateea,
mai adorabilă decât în realitate,
un paradis în care să stai

și mai frumoasă decât am văzut-o vreodată.

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Îmi face ochi dulci,
îmi ispitește inima
să plec
să las insula
să mă întorc
printre mări, oceane,

până când, cercetând plaja,
mă regăsesc

iar în brațele mele
nimic decât rămășițe
de spumă și solzi.

(from the book in progress, "Het eiland, de Nimfen. The island, the nymphs. Insula, nimfele", 'Bibliotheca Universalis' Collection)

Cultural profile. Profil cultural

Rob van Uden (1960) studied theology at the University of Tilburg and is now a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church. He is chairman of the Breda Collective of City poets and contributed to the TV show ‘Poems of the City’ of local network BredaNu. He has published a short novel, ‘It happened in Hague’ (1996) and a biography relating local history ‘A real Baboon; Jan Jorissen and Bavel’ (2016). He has published two collections of poetry: ‘In vitro’ (Wel, 1983), and ‘Wear and Tear’ (Van Kemenade, 2010). His poems appeared in several magazines and collections, and on a column in the central station of Breda. Bulgarian magazine ‘Znacite’ printed an article on his poems.
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Rob van Uden (1960) a studiat teologia în cadrul Universității din Tilburg și acum este diacon al Bisericii Romano-Catolice. El este președintele Colectivului Breda al Poeților și a contribuit la emisiunea „Poemele Orașului” pe rețeaua locală “BredaNu”. A publicat un scurt roman, „S-a întâmplat în Haga” (1996) și a scris o lucrare biografică în care relatează istoria locală: „Adevărata Baboon; Jan Jorissen și Bavel” (2016). A mai publicat două volume de poezie: „In vitro” (Wel, 1983) și „Război și Lacrimi” (Van Kemenade, 2010). Poemele sale apar în diferite reviste și colecții, precum și pe o coloană din stația centrală a orașului Breda. Ziarul bulgar “Znacite” a publicat un articol despre poemele sale.

Versiunea engleză de Annelies Luteijn (Olanda)
Versiunea românească de Elena Ţăpean