Maria Barnas

Before she published her first collection of poetry, Twee zonnen (Two Suns, 2003), Maria Barnas (b. 1973) had already written two novels and established herself as a visual artist. Twee zonnen was awarded the C. Buddingh’ Prize, one of Holland’s most important debut prizes, and followed by her highly appraised second collection Er staat een stad op (A City Rises) in 2007.

The poetry of Maria Barnas

(De Arbeiderspers, )

When Twee zonnen (Two Suns, 2003) was awarded the C. Buddingh’ Prize, the jury considered it ‘contemplative, musical poetry, desperate and humorous, powerful and brittle, with a transparency that gets more complex on re-reading’.

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