'Kijk het heeft gewaaid' - Look how windy it's been

Kijk, het heeft gewaaid (Look how windy it’s been) is an anthology of poetry from the last 40 years of the festival, and takes its name from a poem written by Dutch poet Gerrit Kouwenaar following a conversation with Remco Campert that took place at the Poetry International Festival in the early 1990s. The book, published by De Arbeiderspers, which contains 40 poems along with commentary and anecdotes by former festival programmer Janita Monna, demonstrates how the festival itself, over the last 40 years, has inspired poets such as Seamus Heaney, Joseph Brodsky, Breyten Breytenbach and Allen Ginsberg to write new poems.

On the last night of the festival, Kijk, het heeft gewaaid will be launched in an event that looks at how literature festivals in general, and Poetry International Festival in particular, sustain poetry. This year the focus will be on whether hearing the sound of a foreign language influences the writing of poetry, on how contact with other poets, other cultures and other poetry can influence the writing process and whether a poem’s meaning is lost, or indeed built upon, in translation.

The anthology 'Kijk, het heeft gewaaid' is available at the festival for € 18.95.

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Antjie Krog visiting the Poetry International Festival in 1993 © Pieter Vandermeer

  •   Friday 19 June, Main Auditorium, 20.00 hours ¦ presentation Jan Baeke 
Poetry International Festival