poet Roland Jooris

Roland Jooris

Roland Jooris
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Although Roland Jooris published a relatively small number of poetry volumes over a period of forty years, they nevertheless succeeded in earning his a substantial reputation. In the wake of postwar experimentalism, in the late nineteen-fifties he published several hermetic collections, which he later rejected. Only ten years later did he ‘debut’ once more with poems in the vein of new realism, a trend in Dutch poetry that focuses on the ordinary day-to-day reality.In his work, Jooris goes in search of points of contact between poetry and reality. In his later work, too, reality remains the point of departure, but the poet endeavours to distil it even further, transforming it into a nucleus ... more »

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Best Poem of Roland Jooris


is becoming that
gets stuck in the
rough, cracked
cackhanded flawlessness
of the unnamed

its completion
is chance, the haltingly
unspoiled from its
crooked pen

does not polish what
it says, it scours itself out
in its tarnishing

Translated by John Irons

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