“Globalization” from Caravaggio’s Dagger – at Poetry New Westminster by Way of Crawford Notch, New Hampshire

Thanks to New Westminster poet laureate Candice James for the invitation, and also for collegial support to Simon Fraser University’s Celeste Snowber, novelist Nasreen Pejvack whose book Amity is nominated for the Ethel Wilson Prize, remarkable poet Lilija Valis, and novelist Andew Parkin, past chair of English at Hong Kong’s Chinese University. Globalization was written…

Oak leaves, Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada. 24 October 2015. (Photo: Hendrik Slegtenhorst)

Autumn Light, Stanley Park (VI)

If time were able to succumb to anesthesia, It might be saved in that surgery of the ages, Where physician gods take up the body And gently place it under the scalpel, And cut away the lust of durations, to keep The tenderness that lies unsurely with The anger of the depths. from “Zeus at…

The Slegtenhorst Family - in Leiden, 1952

Wanderings – Caravaggio’s Dagger IV:4

This poem, which deals with my parents’ emigration from the Netherlands and the benefits that has bestowed on me, is the fourth of the fourth Taxonomy, “The Waterways of Avalon,” of my book Caravaggio’s Dagger. The poem can be listened to here. It was written between 28 April 2004 and 16 November 2008 in Vancouver (British Columbia), St. Stephen (New…