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Stefan Hertmans

Stefan Hertmans

(Belgium, 1951)

Like no one else, Stefan Hertmans is aware of the tension between meaning and mysteriousness, knowing that in language, and in particular in poetry, what we imply and conceal is just as intensely present as what is stated explicitly. What is stated touches the lavish richness of reality, which is sometimes described as reflective, leaning on the rhythm of the language and at other times is presented in clear, detailed images. Hertmans manages to add to his lyric flexibility a philosophical and critical value which leaves intact the ambiguity and suggestive force as well as the direct impact of the poetry.

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