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Submitted by ludy_b on May 02, 2021

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Characters 61
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Stanza Lengths 3

Ludy Bührs

The topics she writes about are very diverse, so are the poetry styles she applies. As a Dutch translator and poet, having lived in Cambodia's capital city Phnom Penh for 2.5 years, in 2008 she published "Op de ruïnes van een rijk" (On the Ruins of an Empire) ISBN 978-90-8834-483-1 with 60 poems based on her experiences there. In 2007 she received a Certificate of Accomplishment as one of The Best Poems and Poets of 2007 issued by and the International Library of Poetry for her poem Choked Truth, her own translation of "Verstikte waarheid", one of the poems in the book. Born in 1956, she still works as an independent translator, translating from English into Dutch. more…

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  • Vixility
    This is a beautiful poem and speaks personally to me of redemption.

    This Japanese art form is a wonderful example of how we ought not discard that which is broken (like the human soul) as an unworthy enterprise to fix; but rather that we must use all of the best elements we have at our disposal to make it not only whole again, but beautiful.

    I loved that you rhymed the Haiku …
    LikeReply 14 months ago
    • ludy_b
      Thank you for your comment. This haiku (or senryu) is rhymed and follows the rules defined for a 'hepkoe' (a Dutch form with a special group on Facebook)
      LikeReply 14 months ago
    • Vixility
      Hepkoe? It’s a delightful form and I’m eager to try it, if you don’t mind, of course.
      LikeReply4 months ago
    • ludy_b
      Go ahead: 5-7-5 syllables, first and third line rhyming and in total 11 words.
      LikeReply 14 months ago
    • ludy_b
      I forgot: The 11 words should each be unique, no repeated words, not even articles ;-)
      LikeReply 14 months ago
    • Vixility
      Perfect! Now to dream-in a topic …
      LikeReply 14 months ago
    • ludy_b
      I'll post a triple hepkoe I made for the facebook group to inspire you.
      LikeReply 14 months ago


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