Dutch Poets and MIPN 2010
|Menno Wigman, Dutch poet|
For me, the biggest treat was getting to meet leading Dutch poets, including Menno Wigman, Willem van Toorn, Mark Boog, and Maria Barnas. Wigman, a true dandy, delighted me when he cut his pocket kerchief in half over dinner Saturday with large scissors, as if a magic trick, so that his dark svelte girlfriend could, like a magician's assistant, insert it carefully, Mad Men style, into the bare pocket of my own dark suit. Dutch poetry is having a renaissance of late, as indicated in this late 2010 article in Jacket.