Ramsey Nasr

Ramsey Nasr is a prize-winning poet, essayist, dramatist and actor. His first collection, 27 Poems & No Song (2000), was followed by the novella Captain Sourpuss and the Two Cultures (2001) and Two Libretti (2002). In the spring of 2004 he published his second book of poetry, awkwardly flowering, which went through several reprints and won him the Hugues C. Pernath Prize. He was appointed city poet of Antwerp in 2005 and elected Dutch Poet Laureate in 2009. Most of the poems he has published since his debut are collected in Between Lily and Hydrogen Bomb – The Early Years (2009), and in English translation in Heavenly Life (Banipal Books, 2010).

The poetry of Ramsey Nasr

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If there is any truth in the cliché that Dutch authors are characterized by reticence and control, then Ramsey Nasr is an atypical Dutch poet. Holland’s current Poet Laureate, its youngest to date, he enjoys creating long, unfurling verses in which several voices resound, in which humour and tragedy coexist, and in which he is not afraid of taking a moral stance.

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