Hans Faverey (1933-1990) was born in Paramaribo, Surinam, but grew up in Amsterdam. He published eight collections of poetry, of which the last one, entitled Default, appeared only a few days before he died. With his pure use of words and meticulous verse, philosophical yet not without humour, he became one of the leading poets who made their debut in the 1960s. He received many literary awards, including the Amsterdam Poetry Prize, the Jan Campert Prize and the Constantijn Huygens Prize. A new, extended edition of his Collected Poems appeared in the Netherlands in 2010.