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Joost Baars

Joost Baars

(Netherlands, 1975)

Starting a conversation with the yard below his balcony, yet at the same time speaking to something more divine.

Nominated for the C. Buddingh' Prize and awarded the VSB Poetry Prize, Joost Baars' Binnenplaats made for a hugely successful and long-awaited debut in the world of poetry, where for years Baars has been working as a programmer and editor, appearing at events and in literary publications. In his first collection, Baars starts a conversation with the courtyard below his balcony, yet at the same time he also seems to be speaking to something more divine. He does this in a language that is precise and always deliberate. By searching his familiar, direct surroundings for something that supersedes reality, Baars manages to connect the everyday with the transcendental.


 
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