Karin Ellen Giphart (Dordrecht, 29th October 1968) is
a latecomer. She holds an MA in English Literature and
has specialised in modes of narratives. In 2003 she made
her debut with a novel, which was published by Nijgh &
Van Ditmar. Like her brother Ronald
(also a Dutch novelist) she can't stop writing, but she
is also a poet and singer/songwriter. Furthermore, she
has written a biography in the form of a fairy tale about
her mother, former PvdA (Labour) MP Wijnie
Jabaaij. She hopes to publish this in 2005, on the
10th anniversary of her mother's death.
On 9th November 2002 she performed at the Crossing
Karin lives in Amsterdam with her two kids.
In August 2002 she visited, as a special
correspondent of the Algemeen
Dagblad and Rottend
Staal, the International
Society of Poets Convention 2002 in Washington, together
with her friend Toña
One of the poets she met there was Stephen
Dunn. In response to his poem 'Creators', she wrote
the poem 'Existence'.
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for more information about Karin Giphart.
To this day
the bowl looks down on her
with softspoken cries
of unabaited shame.
It is a twisted fate
winning a mindless game.
Customs had asked her
They quickly let her pass.
They oohd her.
They aaahd her.
They believed the charade.
A winner out of her
The bowl had made.
Poets and passion, prizes and shows
To this day she doesn't know
if she was like the bowl
a mere example
to excite the masses and silence the critics
or if they truly liked her poem.
The bowl beckons her attention
in vain today
she is writing a poem
that she will never enter
in any contest nor pay a fee for again
this poem will not need to prove
its worthiness is its existence.
© Karin Giphart
eerder gepubliceerd in de Epibode,
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