Benjamin de Boer
Benjamin de Boer (b. 1995, Attiwandaronk, ON) is a writer and arts worker living in Tkaronto. Benjamin received an Honours BA in Philosophy and Archaeology from the University of Toronto in 2018. They write in the love of desire ongoing, exploring openness to instinct, and embracing improvisation. Their research concerns ethics of hospitality developed within 20th century continental thought, with a practical interest in its application in participatory placemaking. They work as an associate at Art Metropole.
"This poem was composed through a process of homophonic translation. This type of translation takes the sonorities of one text as source material to generate a second text, often disregarding the literal meaning of the original.
"The source of this poem consists of three diary entries written by my Pake, Franke, while he and my Oma, Hielkje, travelled across Canada. The diary is written in a small language, a form of Stadsfries known as Sneekers. Stadsfries is a village sociolect spoken by the inhabitants of certain towns in Fryslân, which is a province in The Netherlands. Sneekers is a particular form of this village sociolect spoken by inhabitants of Sneek. They both grew up there and would speak Sneekers to each other. They moved to Canada with their children in the 1950’s, their youngest child being my father . . . .