Maarten Inghels in English
oktober 24, 2011
MI: There is definitely a new breed of poets, or at least: suddenly published their first book. Unlike the past, and completely normal in a highly individualized world, everyone does his own thing. Of course their work is exciting and new; you have Lies Van Gasse with more mysterious and physical poems or Andy Fierens with his unique type of performance poetry.
3:AM: Tell me about the literary culture of Antwerp, are there many poets, many readings?
MI: Definitely yes. You can pave streets here with poets. Maybe it is a coincidence, but there seems to be a new poetic culture since Antwerp was World Book Capital in 2004. And now also, you have Felix Poetry Festival, an international poetry festival wich I was lucky enough to curate for the last two editions. And there is also no other city in Flanders where the City Poet Laureate is so embraced.