My first English piece on poetry off the page has been published online. And not just anywhere… on my all-time favorite poetry blog, as it is unique in writing about poetry off the page and outside the book: ‘Poetry and Popular Culture’.
Ten guilder note (1997-2002), design by Jaap Drupsteen, poem by Arie van den Berg
Mike Chasar, English Professor at Willamette University (Salem, Oregon), asked me to write a guest posting for his fantastic weblog. I chose to dive into the Dutch poem ‘IJsvogel’ (‘Kingfisher’) by Arie van den Berg, which was published on the last ten guilder note and was printed 325 million (!) times. This ‘Kingfisher’ poem probably is the most reprinted poem in Dutch history – perhaps even ‘the most reprinted and most widely circulated poem, like, ever.’
Mike Chasar runs the weblog ‘Poetry and Popular Culture’ and asked me to write a guest posting on Dutch poetry off the page. Mike wrote a fantastic dissertation on American poetry off the page called Everyday Reading. Poetry and Popular Culture in Modern America. In this book he explores poetry scrapbooks, old-time poetry radio shows, advertising verse, poetry on Hallmark greeting cards and many more unconventional poetry sources from the first half of the twentieth century.
Everyday Reading (2012), dissertation by Mike Chasar
A few months ago I shared one of his blog posts on Facebook and he contacted me. He saw I was doing a PhD on a similar topic and he told me that he and his wife were planning a holiday to the Netherlands! So we met up in Utrecht, had some great chats about poetry off the page, and then Mike asked me to write a guest post for his blog.
So here it is! Of course comments and suggestions are very welcome. Enjoy!