Opening, vluchtlijn, visioen: over poëzie en politiek

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19 Apr at 20:00 | Walk-in from 19:30 Tickets: Regular €12.50, Student €10, Livestream €6. Language: Dutch
In Dutch
Perdu programme

How does poetry relate to politics, social change, and revolution? This question has been the subject of debate in the Dutch-language literary field for years. And while few would argue by now that poetry is the very individual expression of very individual emotions, the question of whether and how poetry can be political is moot. Is political poetry propaganda? Is poetry about political themes? Does it reflect the social context we live in or formulate the vision of an alternative?

Anno 2024, the system is in crisis. One of its main victims is the imagination itself, the ability to imagine a different world. But politics begins precisely by disrupting the common fiction in which reality is ordered, to make room for a reimagining of who we are and what we want. Today, this seems as necessary as it is difficult, but precisely poetry has a specific ability to offer here, as a liberation and rearrangement of the frameworks within which we experience reality. Uncovering an opening, a line of flight or a vision in the world as it is – can that be the covert or explicit political charge of a poem? And what kind of conflicts, problems and promises does it lead to in the poet and the relationship between his work and the desire for social change?

On this evening, four contemporary poets will share their different approaches to these questions and show in what ways poetry can be political. Maxime Gacia Diaz will be present via video call as she does not currently reside in the Netherlands.

About the guest speakers

Hannah van Binsbergen (1993, Haarlem) studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. In 2016, she published her debut collection Kwaad gesternte, which was awarded the VSB Poetry Prize and the Herman de Coninck Prize for best debut. In February 2020, she published her debut novel, Harpie: a fabulous story about the road from depression to resistance. Harpie was nominated for the Anton Wachter Prize. Hannah is founding editor-in-chief of the socialist journal Jacobin Netherlands. Her second collection, Kokanje, about socialism and idleness, was published in 2022.

Maxime Garcia Diaz (1993) studied Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. In 2019, she won the NK Poetry Slam. She made her debut in 2021 with Het is warm in the hivemind, a collection that was awarded the C. Buddingh’ Prize, the prize for the best poetry debut of the year. Garcia Diaz’s work has previously been published in De Revisor and Deus Ex Machina and on Samplekanon, De Internet Gids, Yes The Void and De Optimist. Garcia Diaz is Dutch and Uruguayan and lives in Amsterdam. She is currently pursuing a master’s in creative writing at the University of Iowa and working on her second collection.

Çağlar Köseoğlu (born 1985) published chapbook 34 in 2015, a poetic series that critically relates to Turkey’s history and present. His poems have appeared in Samplekanon, nY, Kluger Hans, Deus Ex Machina, De Internet Gids, Cabaret Wittgenstein and Kunsttijdschrift Vlaanderen, among others. He is an editor at nY and teaches at Erasmus University College as well as the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. In 2020, he published his debut collection, Nasleep, which takes the protests around Gezi Park in 2013 as its starting point and explores what has remained of this historic moment when another world seemed up for grabs

Arno Van Vlierberghe (1990) is a poet. He lives and works in Ghent. His work has appeared, among others, in Het Liegend Konijn, Deus Ex Machina, Dietsche Warande & Belfort, De Revisor, Extra Extra Magazine and on hard//head and Samplekanon. His debut collection Vloekschrift was published in 2017 and nominated for the C. Buddingh’ Prize in 2018, and 2022 saw the publication of his second collection, the J.C. Bloem Prize-nominated Ex Daemon, “the echo of the screams of a century that never began”.