Martinus Nijhoff (1894-1953) was a poet, editor, essayist, playwright and translator (of Eliot and Shakespeare amongst others) and is widely seen as the most important Dutch poet of the pre-war period. His long poem ‘Awater’, famously praised by Joseph Brodsky as ‘one of the grandest works of poetry in this century’, is the classic of modern Dutch poetry and has been translated into many languages. ‘Awater’ has been published several times in English, most recently by Anvil Press Poetry in a dedicated volume with essays, the original and three English versions.
The excerpt from ‘Awater’ first published in Awater, Anvil Press Poetry, London, 2010.
‘The Dancer’ and ‘The Third Land’ first published on The High Window, 2017 https://thehighwindowpress.com/
All originals in M. Nijhoff, Verzamelde gedichten, Bert Bakker, Amsterdam, 2001.