Translating Anneke Brassinga – Poetry Moon 2019

Saturday 24 August saw the crowning event of Poetry Moon / Runokuu 2019 in Helsinki: the poetry mixtape event at Suvilahti, with a brilliant lineup of Finnish performers, as well as international guests, including Renee Gladman (US) and Anneke Brassinga from the Netherlands.

Anneke Brassinga

Together with Finnish poet Maria Matinmikko, I translated a selection from Brassinga’s latest poetry collection from Dutch into Finnish. Cosmic word power from one of the most distinguished contemporary voices writing in Dutch.

Some of the translations have been published by Nuori Voima online, and a selection will be published later this year in the paper version of Nuori Voima.

It had been quite a long time since last I translated anything – thanks to everyone at Runokuu / Nuoren Voiman Liitto to make it happen, and thanks to Maria Matinmikko for excellent and inspiring collaboration!

For more on Brassinga – an excellent article (by Piet Gerbrandy) on her poetry can be found here:




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