About the Book
Crossing lines are imaginary, but most of us know they very well exist, if we are dealing with delicate matters. By judging behaviour or verbal expressions one is often inclined to interpret or even dismiss them before we know what their intentions may have been. Take for instance the life and actions of Jayne Mansfield, a famous movie star of the nineteen fifties and sixties. Not only did she study at University (she had a head for mathematics), she tried hard to be known as a serious actress. Unfortunately her body measurements gave more rise to excitement than the level of her intelligent skills.
Of course we are defined by the limits of our mind and body, but it is evident that we are also able to stretch them up and explore uncharted territories of thinking, that can partly be unveiled by poetry, which, like any art, is able to contribute by pointing out what is special in the familiar. Maybe then we can truly understand what magnificent lives we live.
De oorspronkelijk tot tekenleraar opgeleide Chris Honingh [Amsterdam 1951] publiceerde de afgelopen decennia zes dichtbundels bij uitgeverij Querido. Ook verschenen een groot aantal gedichten en enige korte verhalen in Nederlandse en Vlaamse literaire tijdschriften.