The South-African poet Joan Hambidge compares the evolution of poetry with weaving an endless wand of meaningful words. Every poet picks up some strings of the tapestry of predecessors and creates the next segment. A beautiful image I tend to apply to art in general. Artists steal, borrow, recycle, re-create, both conciously and unconciously.

We also are influenced by the commentary of others on our work. We have to digest and process their thoughts and comments. Hambidge says: ‘Vind dit moeilik om te veronagsaam wat ander dink’ (I find it hard to ignore what others think)*.

In the case of Chalkboard this is the gist of the matter. Confusing but fabulous cooperation. Slow cooking produces the tastiest food.

Friend of life and beauty and foe of spoilers of life and beauty. Golden marriage. Grandfather. Pianist and micro poet. Dutch, European.

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