Lieke Marsman will be Poet Laureate for the next two years. She will be poetic about national events and act as an ambassador for poetry.
Marsman (30) was chosen by a committee of nine poetry experts as the successor to Tsead Bruinja. She has four collections of poetry and a novel to her credit. Her first work, What I like to tell myself from 2010, was awarded the C. Buddingh ‘prize, among other things.
According to the committee, Marsman links “tenderness to transparency, erudition to humor and simplicity to depth”. “Marsman’s politically and feministically charged lyrics and performances also have an effect on a larger audience.” According to experts, the poet “always knows how to put her finger on the sore spot in society”.
The new Poet Laureate wants to be a voice of “dry wood”, she says in an interview with NRC, one of the initiators of the title. Marsman was diagnosed with cartilage cancer in 2017. She is “on chemo indefinitely”.
“It is a time of illness,” says Marsman, “and all sick and weak people have been virtually written off in the past year, as ‘dry wood’. I no longer have ambitions, no dreams. And like me, there are thousands of people in the Netherlands. “
Marsman is the eighth Poet Laureate, a title that was first awarded in 2000. She will be installed in Tilburg tonight.