Martin Reints

Martin Reints (b. 1950) has published five collections of poetry. After Waar ze komt daar is ze (Where she comes, there she is, 1981), he waited eleven years to publish the second book: Lichaam en ziel (Body and soul, 1992, Herman Gorter Prize). The next two, Tussen de gebeurtenissen (Between the events, 2000) and Ballade van de winstwaarschuwing (Ballad of the profit warning, 2005) were both shortlisted for the prestigious VSB Poetry Prize. Most recently Lopende zaken (Matters at hand, 2010) appeared. For his collection of essays Nacht- en dagwerk (Night and day-work, 1988) he received the Jan Greshoff Prize.

De poëzie van Martin Reints

(De Bezige Bij, 2011)

Martin Reints is a poet who likes to think. It shows in his poetry. Or, he may be a thinker with a gift for writing poetry. In an interview after the publication of his second collection Lichaam en ziel (Body and soul) he said: ‘Thinking fascinates me. On the one hand you are what you can see, the reality around us, and on the other hand you are what’s in your head. What is the relation between the two?’ In a good-natured, crystal-clear, often humorous manner Martin Reints’s poems probe what he sees around him and what is in his head.

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