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A Perpetual Masquerade. The Work of Gerrit Komrij
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A Perpetual Masquerade. The Work of Gerrit Komrij

(Koen Vergeer) The Low Countries - 2003, № 11, pp. 207-215

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On 26 January 2000 Gerrit Komrij was chosen Poet Laureate of the Netherlands for a period of five years by a poll taken among Dutch poetry readers. Appropriate indeed for a man who knew ever since he was a child that he would become a poet. In addition to more than ten volumes of poetry, he has published many essays, novellas, short stories, plays and pastiches, several novels, numerous translations and various controversial anthologies. Although the idiosyncratic Poet Laureate is doing his utmost to make poetry accessible to a broad public, in his opinion poetry must also make itself more accessible by improving its image. Poetry is not just for a small group of insiders or learned exegetes. With four poems and an extract from Intimacies (Intimiteiten, 1993).

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