My mouth may sound Dutch most of the time, but my heart speaks in English. My poetry usually revolves around any emotion a human might have. I enjoy making references to fairy tales and popular culture. Despite my focus on ’the human feeling’, I tend to write a lot about animals these days… And water. A lot about water… Others have called my poems ‘whimsical’, ‘unafraid’ ‘technical enterprises’ and I’m quite happy with those descriptions.
My debut poetry pamphlet/chapbook ‘Fold me a Fishtail’ was published in the UK in March 2022. I’m also chuffed to see my work published in anthologies, journals and magazines. Go check those out or simply read some of my poems here on my website. It’s truly exciting to see my work in print next to the poems and stories of other writers. More to come. Always more to come.
I’m part of the Groningen Poetry Stanza in Groningen (the only official Poetry Society Stanza in the Netherlands). During our open sessions we share poetry (drafts and finished work, our own and that of others) and discuss what’s good and what could make it even better. Sometimes the group’s big, sometimes it’s just three of us, but the ambience is always informal.