Hester Knibbe answers to Bonifacio
1. Do you have something against the ocean?
No, as long as the ocean doesn’t have something against me.
2. What parts of the planet Earth do you think poetry trees could be planted on?
On the oil platforms.
3. Is solitude the beginning or end of everything in existence?
Beginning and end is the solitude of everything in existence.
4. Which would you prefer: to be a good writer, but utterly miserable, or a happy, mediocre writer?
Every writer is both.
5. Is madness the basic ingredient of true genius?
Yes, and also the basic element of every human being.
6. Sincerely, what do you think of the people around you who aren’t writers or involved in any artistic activities whatsoever?
When they are good readers, it’s not a problem for me.
7. Were you telling the truth when you lied, or did you mean what you said when you lied?
I always lie the truth, even when I write.
8. Who or what is it that you can’t stand?
Sand in my eyes.
9. What is your biggest phobia or fear; your biggest pleasure or passion?
Biggest fear is to lose myself, biggest pleasure to find myself.
10. If someone told you they didn’t really like your literary works, regardless of the genre they were referring to, even if lots of people say they love it; how would you feel and what would you say?
Then I think: ‘Stik de moord in Amersfoort/ onder de Wilhelminapoort.’ (Cann’t translate that!) But I say nothing.
11. Do you have any opinions regarding politicians or politics in your country?
I try to minimize it, for it’s a waste of time.
12. Why haven’t you read all the books sitting at your house?
Do you periodically prune your collection down?
If I read all my books I don’t have time to write. It’s hard to prune.
13. Do you think you’ve written the book you wanted to write?
I’m still writing that book.
14. Given the above, why continue writing if you already said what you had to say the way you wanted to say it? Why keep using words?
Seems clear to me.
15. Nightstand books? Coffee table? Jitney van/Bus reading? Subway? Books to read on the toilet? What I read doesn’t depends of place and space.
16. What would happen if there was no such thing as oysters or Malbec grapes?
The world would collapse and go further.
17. If you were not a human being, what tangible or abstract thing/concept would you be?
I am still a human being.
18. Have you ever loved or hated more than you should have?
19. Do you think the world would be a different place if there was no such thing as poetry?
It would be for me, not for my neighbors…
20. Which do you prefer: the poet, or his/her poetry?
It depends ….
21. Do artists, as they want to believe, suffer and enjoy more intensely than other mortals?
No, they don’t suffer more than apes.
22. Any issues with suicide?
23. How much of the image you think you project to others do you think is true about yourself?
I’m a human being as everyone else, so –
24. What has been your most persistent déjà vu experience?
A nice and hopeful one: spring.
25. If you found out the world were to end at midnight tonight, what exactly would you do?
I would sleep like a child.