Synopses & Reviews
Poetry. Anthology. Translated from the Dutch and edited by Peter Glassgold and Douglas Messerli, this revised and expanded, bilingual edition of a 1979 New Directions anthology collects the poetic experiments of the group known as the Dutch Fiftiers. This sixth volume of the PIP Anthology of World Poetry of the Twentieth Century includes the work of Paul Rodenko, Remco Campert, Hugo Claus, Jan G. Elburg, Gerrit Kouwenaar, Lucebert, Sybren Polet, Simon Vinkenoog and Bert Shierbeek, and seeks to mend the relative ignorance of English-language readers regarding the major contributions of the Dutch to modern and contemporary poetry. The Fiftiers, whose "emphasis was revolutionary, the complete overturning of received aesthetic, social and intellectual standards, with a special stress on the very physicality of art" remain luminaries of the Dutch avante-garde.
This 296-page volume was originally published as a small 86-page collection by New Directions. Now the great Dutch “Fiftiers” movement is completely represented
by poetry, biographies, and bibliographical information.
An expanded version of the anthology of Dutch Fiftiers Poetry.
About the Author
Author of numerous works of poetry (most recently First Words), drama (under the name Kier Peters) and fiction, Messerli is the publisher of Green Integer.