|Philo Ikonya and Inger Haug front|
Women walk to the unveiling of the statue of Katti Møller in
Hamar as part of Norway's centenary on universal suffrage 2013.
Frida Kahlo ( Mexican, 1907- 1954)
Mexian Frida transformed a debilitating accident
that left her with chronic pain into an opportunity.
She painted. She was expressed herself powerfully
and got international acclaim. She was only 15. Her
plans to become a doctor were shattered. She painted
to excellence and married Diego Riviera and moved to
top artistic company. Her works depict the struggles of
women and their power.
Stories of girls such as Helen Keller and Ann Frank. The latter has moved the world for years. Her writing touched our hearts as young people.
And like Helen Keller so many others. I know I felt writing, not just read it when I met the Bronte sisters. The works of Jane Austen. These women 'said' something to me just for being women. There was an air of ... of creation and power in power. Just beautiful.
|19th C poets and novelist. The Bronte Sisters. Like George Eliot they had |
to use male pseudonyms
to be read
What then do you say about a Kenyan elected Governor of Nairobi and a Senator slapping the elected Nairobi Woman Representative? It is in such pathetic taste. People called for his resignation and others were torn in different ways. Why fight for her they asked when so many women are being beaten at home and no one is lifting a finger? This logic is sick especially when it comes from some writers. Does it make any pain better not to relieve any other pain? Is elected representative not you who is represented? All of them in thousands of comments blamed the woman. Blamed for from going to bed to every other thing they could find. Like they had never heard of Eve and Adam.
I found this interview with Dr. Helmuth Niederle who sometimes contributes to The Sisters of Clotel. President of Austrian PEN he invented a projected online and in actual book on Malala Yousafzai.
Now you might assume that this is so normal because Malala was shot by Taliban? No. It is not. Many were asking what for? But many others responded with many poems that made a thick book. Poems from people young and old from all over the world. The following interview was done by Anna Lorca.
|Helmuth Niederle Austrian poet and novelist/Translator|
Good evening Dr. Helmuth Niederle, thank you for accepting this invitation for my new magazine.
Helmuth Niederle (HN)
Welcome. Please do not use my title. You can just call me Helmuth Niederle but spell it correctly. It is often misspelt.
My name too is often written without the r and you know that means mad in Spanish! I understand.
I know. People and names. But we come from different backgrounds and some names are hard to spell.
I begin. Helmuth, what did you study?
Earlier you and I talked about Helen Keller and Frida Kahlo.
Were those accidents in their lives? Blindness and a tragic accident? Or were they moments that open invisible doors among humans? A flock of ideas? These are ideas with wings that land right in the heart and brain. So I compare them to a flock of birds. When I heard about Malala's shooting, I felt it was a moment of impending loss and that we had to gain something from it. She was recovering gradually and I thought about her. I had conversations about her life with Philo Ikonya. She embraced the idea that we could try to solicit poems from the whole world. It became a PEN Austria and PEN Kenya project edited by the two of us. It was good to share the work with someone who is driven by commitment to working for human rights. I translated all the poems into German.