Levendaal, from the Kraaiers bridge near the Koene bridge
“Along the Levendaal” occurs in the third part, “Cairns,” of Constellations of Desire. The seven poems of “Cairns” deal with understandings of the past as it relates to those who are no more or who have gone away or have been killed. The Levendaal is a street, once with a canal, or moat, in the downtown of Leiden, where I was born. I was on the Levendaal frequently as a child with my mother, as it was a site for markets. Originally dug in the 14th century, the canal was filled in in 1962. The poem was written in Vancouver in September of 2015. The Spanish translation is by Eva Gallud.
The work, and two others, are recently published by Madrid and Toulouse’s Triadæ, at pages 18-19.