Quisquilia: Lib. nov.

Quid autem tanto fortunae strepitu desideratis?

Category: walks

Minesweeping

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Zwinger, Dresden. Apr 2015.

Zwinger, Dresden. Apr 2015.

Try to forget this / Try to erase this / From the blackboard.

The minefields were cleared sometimes as early as in 1945, in Dresden and other cities, as attested to by this plaque. And yet, in Dresden and elsewhere all over Germany the corrosive danger of unexploded ordnances is hidden in plain sight. A public discourse that ever shifts for the worse and turns increasingly toxic, painting a difference in opinion as irreconcilable and the Other in stark terms, not in human greyscale. This might be a time, again, when minds start turning into minefields.

But who will be our Chanutin? Thanks for your visit!

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Shul of Life

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Neue Synagoge, Dresden. Apr 2015.

Neue Synagoge, Dresden. Apr 2015.

It was / essential // to / develop // the / skill // of / appearing / invisible // to / look / at the ground // slink / around // slide / inside // mix / in the middle // to / work // and / walk // and / sometimes / talk // as / though // you / didn’t / exist.

The synagogues have been rebuilt. New. Sleek. Almost Invisible. But what do you actually know about Jewish history in Germany but ? – Sometimes it seems / as though it did not exist.

– Poem by Lily Brett. Thanks for your visit!

O Tejo é mais belo…

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Saudade. Cais das Colunas, Lisbon. Dec 2017. Saudade. Cais das Colunas, Lisbon. Dec 2017.

…que o rio que corre pela minha aldeia. (Fernando Pessoa)

There is great longing at the river banks of the Tejo, history nigh impending on the horizons and the remnants of former rule and global reach that speak to you: step forward, immerse / yourself in history and grandeur / can you feel the invite to take on a step or two? / The clear path across / the other shore a mere step or two away / the tempting fate? But in the tired demeanor of a man on his way to or from work there lies a moment of rest, and rest he will – and take a resolute step back then to the trades on Praça do Comércio.

– Thanks for your visit!

Berlin School of Existentialism

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Esmarchstraße (?), Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg. Oct 2014.

Esmarchstraße (?), Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg. Oct 2014.

What if that all did not have any meaning? Keep on living, even so?
Even the shutters in gentrified Berlin bear witness to German existential angst.

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Bicyclical Semiramisian

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Humboldt University, vis-à-vis Neue Wache, Berlin-Mitte. Jun 2014.

Humboldt University, vis-à-vis Neue Wache, Berlin-Mitte. Jun 2014.

The so-called Hanging Gardens have plants above ground, and are cultivated in the air, with the roots of the trees above the tilled earth, forming a roof. […] Palm trees lie in place on top of the pillars, alongside each other as cross beams, leaving very little space in between. This timber does not rot, unlike others; when it is soaked and put under pressure it swells up and nourishes the growth from roots, since it incorporates into its own interstices what is planted with it from outside.

Philo Byzantinus or Philo the Paradoxographer. Thanks for your visit!

Swedish pick-up shoes

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Artillerigatan 49, Östermalm, Stockholm. Jun 2014.

Artillerigatan 49, Östermalm, Stockholm. Jun 2014.

While I spent a few days in Sweden’s capital in early June, the city languishing in the sun, I noticed quite a number of abandoned shoes in Stockholm’s streets, some of them neatly arranged in pairs, more often though a single one on its own, some of them in the most unlikely places, tied to a window grate or footwear slung into a tree top swinging high, some in plain view,

some seemingly set aside just for a bare moment, some having turned over time into a token or rather a faded landmark, a single kid’s green sneaker here, a svelte sandal airing its heel there, each one an unfolding tale or witness to such. It made me wonder about the many reasons to leave behind a shoe or two in the public space…

For measurement, as manifest lagom? Are they to be picked-up eventually? Are they kind gifts for a stranger, charity, or just cheerfully redundant and spotty? A postmodernist wink and nod to contemporary whims? Is the typical Stockholmer a perpetual traveller on the move, his resolve a steadfastness on the go, is he a city slacker? Jag vet inte. – Thanks for your visit!

Glasscapism

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Laika Café, Berlin-Neukölln. May 2014.

Laika Café, Berlin-Neukölln. May 2014.

With the horse under him in time / to a movement of legs and hooves / upon a timeless sand:
This horse was a mighty occasion! / The intensity of its feet! The height / of its immense body!
And so the hero, the / hero! stepped that gracefully / into his redemption, losing / or gaining life thereby.

– Robert Creeley. Thanks for your visit!

It’s all Greek to me

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Junction box, Fontanestraße 31, Berlin-Neukölln. May 2014.

Junction box at Fontanestraße 31, Berlin-Neukölln. May 2014.

You speak well, hares, but where are your teeth and claws? – With the hares close-by, only a cynic wouldn’t recognise Antisthenes.

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Wanderlust

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Ratskeller im Neuen Rathaus (cellar of New town hall), Untermarkt, Görlitz. Apr 2014.

Ratskeller im Neuen Rathaus (New town hall), Untermarkt, Görlitz. Apr 2014.

Wand’rer / bist hie willkomm / mach hie zum Trunk / Dein Armbein krumb.
(Traveller / be welcome here / & bend your arm / here for a drink.)

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The caged bird

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Auguststraße 39-40, Berlin-Mitte. Mar 2014.

Auguststraße 39-40, Berlin-Mitte. Mar 2014.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill / of things unknown but longed for still.
– Maya Angelou. Thanks for your visit!