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Asha Karami

Asha Karami - beeld Johan van Dijke
Asha Karami - beeld Johan van Dijke

is a poet and doctor. She has published poems in nY, Het Liegend Konijn, Poëziekrant, Cimedart and Revisor and online in Samplekanon, De Gids and Ooteoote. She came second in the 2018 NK Poetry Slam and won the jury prize. Karimi presented her work at Perdu's 2018 Vers van het Mes showcase and won that year's finale of the Festina Lente Poetry Battle. She's now working on her poetry debut, which will be published by De Bezige Bij. She says this about her work (in De Optimist): "For me, poetry is a means of action or resistance. Unreasonable, physical and instinctive. I want to communicate my sense of disruption and alienation to the reader or listener. I want to explore the limits of language and genre conventions, and, if I succeed, break through them."

(WN 2019)

Archive available for: Asha Karami

  • Winternachten 2019 – Saturday Night Unlimited

    Thinking about Holland FFWD

    "Thinking of Holland / I see broad rivers / winding slowly through endless lowlands" is perhaps the best-known Dutch opening verse. In Memory of Holland written in 1936, Hendrik Marsman describes the lanscape and the struggle against water. Seven young authors went fast forward to today, allowing the poem to inspire their future vision of the Netherlands. Poets Asha Karami and Derek Otte, singer-songwriters Lounar and Raj Mohan, performer and visual artist Roberta Petzoldt, and writers Simone van Saarloos and Vamba Sherif presented their new versions. Programmer and host Francis Broekhuijsen opened the programme by reading Marsmans classic poem.

  • Winternachten 2019 – Friday Night Unlimited

    Artificial ignorance: Digital Failure

    In order to protect ourselves, Radbout professor Martha Larson pleads for artificial ignorance: some data must be deliberately overlooked in IT. Eight authors made Larson's idea the starting point of their performance. They looked at technology in a different, creative way. What does technology reveal about its inventor? Also, the smart thermostat, the pacemaker and Google Maps may help us, but do they also define us? And what is the value of a digital error or failure?