No Paradise without a Surveyor

Landscape in Literature Landscape exists. Nature, I’m not so sure. Pure ‘nature’ is wilderness. And where in the Low Countries will you still find wilderness, apart from that which has been carefully planned and laid out? Judith Herzberg gave laconic expression to our intimate-but-detached relationship with ‘nature’: We’re aware just how the grebe transports her…

Six Poems

The Day-After Pill An unwanted person? So what, you’re polite, you have been one yourself, still are now and then. Sometimes you see, through gray curtains, a dead man driving toward you, not him though. Aren’t we all in that difficult phase of being older than before and younger than we’ll be? Don’t hesitate too…

The Extraordinary Uses of the Ordinary

The Poetry of Judith Herzberg From the early 1950s on, a great number of fine poets has been writing in the Netherlands. They have adhered to many schools, and some to no school at all, but on the whole they have relied on a casual, conversational style, an easy and unpoetic manner. Not that they…