The poetry of Tsead Bruinja

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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De poëzie van Tsead Bruinja
Tsead Bruinja

A fine example is his poem ‘fjouwerjend kaam er út syn lêste dream’ (‘He galloped out his final dream’). The images in this poem, which in themselves bear witness to an inventive spirit, tumble over each other with great agility, together forming an extremely fragile and sensitive portrait. In his recent work, Bruinja reveals to an increasing extent just how adventurous his writing is. He seems to break language down into its primary elements and then to join them together in his own wilful way. In this way, poems emerge that create a highly suggestive and spontaneous impression. The reader imagines himself in a smithy: he sees how the iron is forged into new shapes. It has been said about Bruinja’s recent poetry that with its fragmentary composition, it bears witness to the age of television. You could also say that it is created out of a deep realisation that our experience has become fragmented.

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).
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