With a Poet’s Eye

A Few Dutch Poems on Dutch Paintings No painting is safe from Dutch Poets. In fact, the writing of poems based on paintings seems to have become a national sport. From a reader’s perspective, picture-poems distinguish themselves from all other poems in one very important way: the poem’s source of inspiration, whether it be sculpture,…

Hunt

Flat on its back its long and spoon-shaped ears, huddled along the furrow lay the hare, and I, as I came closer to it, pretended, thus failing in my task as beater, it had not been seen, not its eyes bulging with fear, blank as if it saw not me, not the wide freedom behind…

Five Times Two Picture-Poems

It’s inevitable – a language-area famous above all for its painters is bound also to produce a good many poets who allow themselves to be inspired by paintings. And it does. The Almanac of Contemporary Dutch and Flemish Literature (Almanach zur niederlandischen and flamischen Literatur der Gegenwart), published in August 1993 in connection with the…