Poetry afternoon

Corn market bridge in Leiden

This afternoon, I read my poems at a cafe not far from the early nineteenth century corn market bridge in Leiden.

I was first on stage. The presenter asked me for my Iraq war poem. However, this time I had just brought two poems: a short one on various things called “new”. And a long one, about Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet.

After me, Joost van Gijzen; with short poems on subjects like gym teachers and girls.

Then, Ton Jansen, about subjects like getting older.

During the break, there was supposed to be live music by Olav Quist en Lucien van Dalen. However, they did not turn up, so during pauses there was recorded Nina Simone music.

Then, poems by Peter van den Berg, on subjects like snow and girls.

Pepijn Moerman is a chemistry student besides being a poet. He read poems about the weather and about getting older.

Robin Veen had also weather poetry. And a poem about Icarus.

Then, slam poetry by Jaap Montagne, on a knitting machine, the Internet, the economic crisis and the flower pimpernel, and other subjects.

Then Daniel Dee, from Rotterdam. Some of his poems were about the weather.

Finally, David Boelee with a long slam poem on a relationship.


Sharks beached in the Netherlands

This is a sand tiger shark video.

From Dutch news agency ANP:

On the beach of the village Kerkwerve (municipality Schouwen-Duiveland, province of Zeeland) this Saturday, 19 dead sand tiger sharks were found.

One hundred and thirteen countries have signed on to an agreement to protect seven migratory sharks currently threatened with extinction byway of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), according to the UN Environment Program (UNEP). The agreement prohibits hunting, fishing, or deliberate killing of the great white shark, basking shark, whale shark, porbeagle shark, spiny dogfish, as well as the shortfin and longfin mako sharks. However, Australia has declared it will ignore certain protections: here.

Porbeagle shark protected, other sharks not: here.

Underwater photographer Francis Perez recently captured rare, detailed images of the enigmatic smalltooth sandtiger shark, which lives in depths of up to 3281 feet: here.

Shortfin Mako Shark Isurus oxyrinchus: here.

The mako shark is an endangered species that is facing extinction: here.

How Many Teeth Does A Shark Really Have? Here.