Tsead Bruinja

Tsead Bruinja (b. 1974) is an Amsterdam based poet, writing both in Frisian and Dutch. He made his debut in 2000 with the Frisian-language collection De wizers yn it read (The Meters in the Red). More recent titles include Overwoekerd (Overgrown; 2010), Stofsûgersjongers (Vacuum Cleaner Singers; 2013), and Binnenwereld, buitenwijk (Inner World, Suburb; 2015) Bruinja frequently hosts literary events, teaches Creative Writing at the ArtEZ Art Academy in Arnhem, and compiles anthologies – including the famous Kutgedichten (Twat Poems) and Droom in Blauwe regenjas - nieuwe Friese dichters (Dream in a Blue Rain-coat - New Frisian Poets). Bruinja has performed on many international stages, among others in Nicaragua, Germany, Ireland, Indonesia, Scotland, Zimbabwe and Macedonia. His poems have been translated and published in reviews and anthologies in France, Germany, Iraq, Nepal, Slovenia, South-Africa, the UK and the USA. In 2019 Bruinja was installed as the new poet laureate for the Netherlands for a period of two years.

The poetry of Tsead Bruinja

(Cossee, 2011)

In his debut collection De wizers yn it read Bruinja revealed himself as a tender lyrical poet who is often able to transmute extremely personal experiences into verse that is rich in imagery and highly musical. By joining together sentences or parts of sentences without punctuation as well as by an effective use of enjambement, he proved able to turn his poems into forceful, intense wholes.

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