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VSB 2015: PIET GERBRANDY, SASJA JANSSEN, HESTER KNIBBE, ALFRED SCHAFFER, PETER VERHELST
 
 

Presenting the nominees of the 2015 VSB Poetry Prize
30 NOVEMBER 2014 Among the highlights of Poetry International's regular activities is organizing and presenting the VSB Poetry Prize, which is awarded to the best Dutch-language collection published in the previous year. In addition to planning a number of local events around the prize, we have created or updated the nominated poets' profiles in our web archive and commissioned a selection of English-language translations from their collections.


Peter Verhelst
(Belgium, 1962)
by Cathérine De Kock For poet and novelist Peter Verhelst, creation equals destruction. His motifs and images interlock, repel and cancel each other out. Verhelst’s work is immune to notions such as unity and comprehensibility; rather than taking the reader by …

Alfred Schaffer
(Netherlands, 1973)
by Michele Hutchison One of the most talented poets of his generation writing in Dutch, Alfred Schaffer debuted in 2000 with the collection Zijn opkomst in de voorstad (His Rise in the Suburbs). His second book, Dwaalgasten (Vagrants; 2002) was nominated …

Hester Knibbe
(Netherlands, 1946)
by Mirjam van Hengel Een dunne duurzaamheid (A thin permanence) is the title of one of Hester Knibbe’s latest collections. The title says much about this poet’s poetry: poetry in which the attention for things permanent invariably combines with …

Sasja Janssen
(Netherlands, 1968)
by Jan Baeke A poet, novelist and short story writer, Sasja Janssen made her literary debut in 1999 with the publication of an excerpt from De brieven (The letter), a novella, in De Revisor. Her novel De kamerling (The eunuch) was published …

Piet Gerbrandy
(Netherlands, 1958)
by Johan Sonnenschein Even at collection title level, Piet Gerbrandy juxtaposes opposing concepts. A silent man in his poetry is not bitter; the sacred is also false; one can be surly without hating. His poetry throws up contrasts in order to shoot them down: ‘Fly …
 

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