Marjolijn van Heemstra

Poet, novelist, and playwright Marjolijn van Heemstra (b. 1981) holds a master’s degree in religion. Her first poetry collection, If Moses Had Gone On Questioning (2009) won the Jo Peters Poetry Prize. She debuted as a novelist with The Last of the Aedemas (2012).

And His Name Is

And His Name Is

(Dasmag, 2017, 215 pages)

Marjolijn van Heemstra has a conversation with her partner about what to name their child. She’s pregnant and, as the chapter title explains, still has 27 weeks to go. Her partner tells her that a name always fits in the end, like a leather shoe that takes on the shape of the foot. Marjolijn thinks it’s the other way round: ‘You grow into your name. The name is the foot.’

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