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Tear Down This House. The Poetry of Tonnus Oosterhoff
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Tear Down This House. The Poetry of Tonnus Oosterhoff

(Piet Gerbrandy) The Low Countries - 2005, № 13, pp. 138-143

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Where does modern poetry end? You can discuss this for a long time too, but Gerbrandy suspects that if we look back in 2050, we shall find that modern poetry in the Netherlands ends with Tonnus Oosterhoff (1953-). Ever since his debut in 1990 he has gone his own way with steely consistency, which has resulted in the strangest and wittiest poetry of the past decade. Because for Oosterhoff the poem is not a static construction but a continuous process. In his books poems make themselves impossible and the identity of the poet a blur. (with four translated poems by Tonnus Oosterhoff)

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