Remco Campert and the Dubious Lightness of Being

If ever a writer in Dutch literature was blessed with eternal youth, that writer was Remco Campert. For decades his books bore witness to an almost provocative insouciance, which was perfectly expressed by the boyish, slightly mocking laugh in most of his portraits. His own preferred image of himself was as he appeared on the…

A Wry Sense of Mortality

Selected Poems of Remco Campert Remco Campert is an accessible poet and because of this was translated long before his contemporaries. In the UK a selection of his poems came out in 1968 (In the Year of the Strike, London Magazine Editions); more recently a different selection appeared in James Brockway’s Singers Behind Glass (Jackson’s…