Leonard Nolens,  Winner of the Dutch Literature Prize

The Dutch Literature Prize, the most important literary award in the Dutch language area, was presented to the Antwerp poet Leonard Nolens (b. 1947) by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands at the end of 2012. Since his debut with Orpheushanden (Orpheus hands, 1969), Nolens has published more than twenty poetry collections and five diaries. The…

Martinus Nijhoff & Joseph Brodsky

‘Harbingers of the Future’ Living too brief an hour for fear or trembling, you spin, motelike, ascending above this bed of flowers, beyond the prison space where past and future combine to break, or batter, our lives, and thus when your path leads you far to open meadows, your pulsing wings bring shadows and shapes…

‘Awater’ in the UK

Martinus Nijhoff’s First English Volume Two gentlemen in a restaurant in Nijmegen. During dinner one of them says with a sigh what a shame it is to write poetry in a language that reaches so few people as Dutch does. This means that his readership remains somewhat limited, and that weighs on his heart. Eventually…

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…