I feel lucky.
I had been invited to read in the Artist's Panel of the Images of Identity conference in Zürich. For a title of my picture-poetry combination I chose "Images for the I".
The reading took place on Saturday, 31st January 2015 in the Aula of the University Zürich.
That means that I read in an aula where Winston Churchill once spoke to the European youth about the United States of Europe rising from the ashes of WWII ("Therefore I say to you let Europe arise"). So much for a historic place.
Not a bad place for my first reading of English-poems-only, wouldn't you agree?
I read, among others, my old favourite: "Blue yet defining".
And I read unpublished new ones like "Pictures of past masques", whose beginning I'd like to cite here, followed by a photo of the projected picture that goes with it:
Pictures of past masques
Observing former masks
standing there smiling
from photographic paper
Sooner or later we have to ask ourselves
if this really is the same two-letter persona
m e = me?
is this merely a manifest of a moment
a pamphlet for a whole life
a banner on the climax
a looming goodbye
a sad farewell
to good times
I feel lucky and thankful. This life is full of presents. We may accept ours.