Henri Deluy (Marseille, 1931) is the third poet in the Amsterdam Residency programme. However, Deluy is not only a poet and essayist, he also is a translator, chief editor of the literary magazine Action Poétique and founding father of the international poetry Biennale of Val-de-Marne in the Paris region.
It is clear that Deluy is an important literator in France, since the Vijftigers (‘the fifties’) movement however he has always kept a close eye on Dutch poetry. Over the years he has succeeded in building important bridges between the French and Dutch literature. It is thanks to his work that poems by Adriaan Roland Holst, Lucebert, Bert Schierbeek and Paul van Ostaijen found a French audience. Currently Deluy is working on the translation of work by Hans Lodeizen. While in Amsterdam Deluy plans to meet a new generation of young Dutch poets. The result of these meetings, which will be facilitated by the two Dutch foundations for literature, will find it’s way to the magazine Action Poétique in 2009. Of course the Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam and the Brockway workshop (both in June) are excellent occasions for our guest writer to get a good overview of modern Dutch poetry.