notes on dutch literature

A Man and an Angel

In More poetry please on August 2, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Paul Klee
Shoestring Press published a new collection A Man and an Angel by the internationally acclaimed Dutch poet Toon Tellegen this year. The poems enact a battle between a man and an angel, a never-ending fight that is difficult to quantify and yet seems instantly familiar. We witness man under pressure, wrestling with something primal: a volatile, temperamental spirit that is both a plague and a challenge. In the see-sawing dynamics of each encounter, worthy of the best absurdist theatre, Tellegen stays close to the pulse of the emotion, evoking the turbulence of an intimate struggle, where man and angel become interdependent. In the Netherlands, critics have praised the collection as one of Tellegen’s very finest, and the book was reprinted soon after its first publication.

A Man and an Angel was translated by the award-winning Judith Wilkinson who recently won the biannual 2013 Brockway Prize for her poetry translations.

More posts about Toon Tellegen:
About Love (and about nothing else)
Letters to Anyone and Everyone

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