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Andrew Cartwright (campusdichter 2009)

Andrew Cartwright werd in 2009 verkozen tot derde campusdichter van Tilburg University. De toen 42-jarige Engelsman was de eerste campusdichter die niet als student maar als medewerker - Cartwright is docent Engels bij het talencentrum - verbonden was aan de universiteit.

Cartwright is al van jongs af aan bezig met dichten en het schrijven van korte verhalen. Hij studeerde English Literature & Language in Liverpool en volgde een master American Literature met als specialisatie Modern American Poetry & Painting. In 1995 verschenen enkele gedichten van zijn hand in de verzamelbundel 'X24' (Black Dog Press, Londen). Dichtte hij aanvankelijk enkel in het Engels, steeds vaker combineert hij op speelse wijze de Engelse en Nederlandse taal.

Best Karate Still Inside It bothered her that they had used an adult
Actress to voice the lead character in
The Dutch TV version of Pippi Longstocking
The screeching and squawking
Mockery of girlish speech
Gave her headaches
And made the paint peel
The Puritan Roundheads of the English Civil War
Smashed the faces off statues in churches
She felt she had been cheated out of art
When she got home
From her latest binge on sacred buildings
She imagined how the faces might have looked
Often they found a place in her dreams
Where the 17th century Taliban couldn't reach
She was pissed off whenever the BBC warned her
A program contained strong language
She was as averse to euphemism as she was to cheap stair carpets
She would not let the expressions 'drie keer niks'
Or 'doe even normaal' pass her lips
She had four pets:
A monkey named Idiom
A snake called Slang
A parrot, Paradox
And a pig by the name of Ham
Trapped in the web of love
They co