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The Delicacy of a Rain Forest. About the Poetry of Leo Vroman
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The Delicacy of a Rain Forest. About the Poetry of Leo Vroman

(Kees Snoek) The Low Countries - 1995, № 3, pp. 82-90

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Leo Vroman's collected poems (Collected Poems 1946-1984 — Gedichten 1946-1984), published in one volume in 1985, amount to over 1 ,000 pages; but the collection is far removed from any notion of an ornate tombstone on a productive life. Vroman is at his respectable age still very much alive and kicking. Both time and space figure prominently in Vroman's poetical world, and increasingly so as he grows older. His voice is unique in Dutch poetry. After reading a lot of his verse, you may feel like the poet in his poem ‘The Bird' : your clothes show patches of Vroman-feathers and the landscape has been altered beyond recognition.(with seven translated poems by Leo Vroman)

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