With a View of the Landscape

The Poetic World of Miriam Van hee The Flemish poet Miriam Van hee, born in Ghent in 1952, read Slavonic studies at university and has translated poetry by Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelstam and Joseph Brodsky into Dutch. She debuted in 1978 with Het karige maal (‘The scanty meal’) and has since published ten collections, including…

At Sea

I looked at you you looked at nothing you’d something special with the sea its hissing roar stole you away from me your eyes I said they are so blue you closed them then I asked myself what you were thinking you lay so quiet I couldn’t hear you breathe I said I’d write a…

The Frugal Meal

Under the dining-table lamp we eat in silence, our hands toing and froing like white spots; our ringed fingers playing aimlessly with the familiar bread. No joy nothing unusual is there in the sound of our knives and forks. And naturally we know nothing of the happiness of travellers in an evening train.   Het…

Drawing 

in the end we want to see the same thing every time: a house between the trees like the one children never tire of drawing: a door, a window, a slate roof and in the window a family and of course we mustn’t forget the chimney with smoke curling up from it in the empty…

Miriam Van hee

Miriam Van hee (1952-) made her debut with the collection The Frugal Meal (Het karige maal, 1978). This title, with those of her subsequent collections, marked out the boundaries of her poetic world: Inner Rooms and other Poems (Binnenkamers en andere gedichten, 1980), Snowed In (Ingesneeuwd, 1984), Winterhard (1988) and Travelling Money (Reisgeld, 1992). Time…

Le tréport

wait, he says do not leave yet I never saw you with this harbour behind these gulls about your head so we stayed without reason on the beach the gulls searching a departed ship it is time which goes somewhere bearing our lives sensing it we offered brief resistance for it grew colder we sought…

Snowed-In Poems

The Poetry of Miriam Van hee 1998 was a good year for the Flemish poet Miriam Van hee (1952-). The Flemish Community awarded her the Cultuurprijs for her poetic oeuvre and De Bezige Bij published her collected poems: The Link between the Days. Poems 1978-1996 (Het verband tussen de dagen. Gedichten 1978-1996). Miriam Van hee’s…