Herman de Coninck
Herman de Coninck (1944-1997), poet, essayist and critic, taught for a while after finishing his studies, then became editor of the Flemish weekly magazine Humo. From 1984 until his death, he was editor of the literary magazine Nieuw Wereld Tijdschrift. Since his debut in 1969, he has published many collections of poetry, all of which excelled in their power to relativize, their irony and their great accessibility. De Coninck was Flanders’s best-read poet. His most important work can be found in the collection Onbegonnen werk (Hopeless Task, 1984), and in his more recent publications: Enkelvoud (Singular, 1991), Schoolslag (Breaststroke, 1994) and the posthumously published collection Vingerafdrukken (Fingerprints).