Michaël Vandebril

Belgium


A good poem runs ahead of you like a dog during a walk in the woods. The animal sees, smells and hears more sharply, quickly, deeply. A good poem allows you to become that dog.

Michaël Vandebril

Michaël Vandebril (1972) is a young Flemish poet. In 2012, his poetry debut Het vertrek van Maeterlinck, a collection which appeared immediately in the two most important national languages (Dutch and French) was published by the renowned publishing house De Bezige Bij. In some poems in this volume he collaborated with other poets including the French Jacques Roubaud and the Romanian Doina Ioanid. Vandebril asked a number of video artists (including Swoon) to make ‘video poems’ of his poems. Het vertrek van Maeterlinck was nominated for the C. Buddingh’ Prize for the best debut in Dutch poetry and was awarded the Herman de Coninck Debut Prize. Vandebril performs his poems often and with pleasure. He appeared inter alia at Crossing Border (The Hague), Poëzienacht (Bruges), Dichters in de Prinsentuin (Utrecht) and Festival International de poésie (Namur). His poems have been translated into French, Spanish, English, Serbian, Romanian, Finnish and Turkish.

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