Miriam Van hee 
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Miriam Van hee 
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* 16.08.1952, Gent, Belgium
lives in: , Belgium

Miriam Van hee (Flanders, 1952) debuted in 1978 with her poems about homesickness, melancholy and loneliness. To her displeasure she was classified by the critics as neoromantic, the predominant trend in Flemish poetry at that time.

Nevertheless, her poetry is not a flight from reality, as Van hee does broach realistic subjects. Her style is also close to spoken language and appears, if anything, cautious. Falteringly, the poetess attempts to come to terms with the world, while holding on to the familiar. The reader imagines himself safe in her world, an illusion that is often suddenly dashed.

Her sixth collection of poems, Achter de bergen (Behind the Mountains, 1996) was awarded the Flemish Culture Prize for Poetry in 1998. That same year, her poems were collected in Het verband tussen de dagen: gedichten 1978-1996 (The link between the days: poems 1978-1996), from which a large selection has been translated into French. This led the publication Magazine Littéraire to name her ‘the poetic discovery of the past few years’.

Her latest collection, De bramenpluk (Blackberrying, 2002), includes poems about travel, landscapes, animals, art and love. Van hee is also a slavist and has translated works by authors such as Mandelstam and Achmatova.

Publications
  • Het karige maal

    Gent: Masereelfonds, 1978

  • Binnenkamers en andere

    gedichten 1977-1980

    Gent: Masereelfonds, 1980

  • Ingesneeuwd

    Amsterdam: de Bezige Bij, 1984

  • Winterhard

    Amsterdam: De Bezige Bij, 1988

  • Reisgeld

    Gedichten

    Amsterdam: De Bezige Bij, 1992

  • Achter de bergen

    Amsterdam: De Bezige Bij, 1996

  • Het verband tussen de dagen

    gedichten 1978-1996

    Amsterdam: De Bezige Bij, 1998

  • De bramenpluk

    Amsterdam: De Bezige Bij, 2002

  • Instead of Silence

    Translations into English by Judith Wilkinson

    Nottingham: Shoestring Press, 2007

Awards
  • 1977 Provinciale Prijs voor Poëziedebuut van Oost-Vlaanderen

  • 1985 Literaire prijs van de stad Gent

  • 1988 Poëzieprijs van De Vlaamse Gids

  • 1989 Jan Campertprijs

  • 1998 Vlaamse Cultuurprijs

  • 2007 European poetry prize POESIAS

Links
  • Miriam Van hee @ Poetry International Web

    More poems of Miriam Van hee in original and english translations and further information about the poet.

    Website (en)