Miriam Van hee
Miriam Van hee Poems
- Evening In DÚN LAOGHAIRE 1 the lady from latvia ...
- The Pyramid Of The Sun (Teotih... the air may have been ...
- He Prodigal Son first we heard voices, then we saw it, two ...
- The Moon a partying country that had no place for ...
- Summer End On The Leie this is what a painter would see: the...
- Brussels, Jardin Botanique if you try to fit in ...
- Sycamores At NÎMES Station their skin was beginning to ...
Miriam Van hee (Flanders, 1952) debuted in 1978 with her poems about homesickness, melancholy and loneliness. To her displeasure she was classified by the critics as neoromantic, the predominant trend in Flemish poetry at that time.
Nevertheless, her poetry is not a flight from reality, as Van hee does broach realistic subjects. Her style is also close to spoken language and appears, if anything, cautious. Falteringly, the poetess attempts to come to terms with the world, while holding on to the familiar. The reader imagines himself safe in her world, an illusion that is often suddenly dashed. more »
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Evening In DÚN LAOGHAIRE
the lady from latvia recounted
how the people ended up where they did:
the finns steadily pushed the lapps
and the prussians were so belligerent,
do you hear, that they all
perished on their campaigns
why are there so few
funny poems, sighed
the lady from latvia, she called the waiter
and asked him for more whisky, then
she looked outside and said
there was no one any more
who spoke prussian
the sea and the air
had merged, only the lighthouses
still marked the horizon
they beckoned, not as ...