Germain Droogenbroodt (Belgium)

Germain Droogenbroodt (Belgium)
Germain Droogenbroodt is an internationally known poet, yearly invited at the most prestigious international poetry festivals. He is also translator, publisher and promoter of modern international poetry. He wrote short stories and literary reviews, but mainly poetry, so far 14 poetry books, published in 19 countries. As founder of the Belgian publishing house POINT Editions he published more than eighty collections of mainly modern, international poetry, he organised and co-organised several international poetry festivals in Spain, is vice president of the Academy Mihai Eminescu, in Romania, organizer of the Mihai Eminescu Internaional Poetry Festival, co-founder and advisor of JUNPA (Japan Universal Poets Association), artistic advisor of the Italian movement Poetry & Discovery, and founding president of the Spanish cultural foundation ITHACA. He also set up the internationally greatly appreciated project Poetry without Borders, publishing every week a poem from all over the world in 36 languages. Several famous artists made paintings inspired by his poetry and music was composed to his poems.
Germain Droogenbroodt visited countless times the Far East and studied Chinese philosophy which inspired his poetry The Chinese pretend his poetry is Taoist. His poetry books are greatly appreciated by Chinese readers and were published in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Japanese pretend his poetry is ZEN, four of his books were published in Japan, including a collection of haiku. The Indian poet-publisher Thachom Poyil Rajeevan wrote about his poetry “Your poems have a serene depth of meaning and experience-a quality quite unparalleled in contemporary world poetry. Only Tagore in India comes near you in the way you meditate over words”. Germain Droogenbroodt who received more than a dozen of international poetry awards as poet and as promotor of international poetry, he is yearly invited to give recitals and conferences at universities and at the most prestigious international poetry festivals. He was recommended for the Nobel prize of Literature 2017.
Be melting snow
wash you off yourself
Is this of whatever source
the voice
which murmurs mantras
or any other psalm
between the lips
of the river’s bank?
Out of silence
emerges the well
and becomes a stream
pure water
loaded with shadows
flowing to the night
– or who knows
towards a track of light.
From “In the Stream of time, Meditations in the Himalayas”
* Niglath, small village in the Himalayas
It appears
as if the previous night
has quenched every thirst
The day comes with light
and voices of birds
strange to the ear
In the distance
the wavering sound
of a reed flute
a morning prayer
for Shiva, for Buddha
of for whatever god
So peaceful appears this morning
as if after so many ages
humanity were at peace
finally at rest.
from: “In the Stream of Time, Meditations in the Himalayas”
for those who, wherever, have to die lonely
Chilly the room
the white walls
audible only
the echo of loneliness.
Not a tender word anymore
no warm embrace
just the time,
a leaking tap,
None knocking at the door
nobody you expect,
no one, except death.
With the gold of the stars
unshadow the night
restore silence
with words of light
don’t experience time as loss
or as bygone
but of every moment
the ephemeral glow.
From: “The Unrest of the Word”

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