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The Plural of Happiness
Herman de Coninck; Laure-Anne Bosselaar, trans.; Kurt Brown, trans.



FIELD Translation Series

Oberlin
2006 • 110 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - European

$14.95 Paperback, 978-0-932440-30-3


Trans. from the Dutch

Herman de Coninck, Belgium’s leading poet for many decades, appears in English in a single volume for the first time. Witty, tender, trenchant, wise, de Coninck’s poems range from playful, terse love lyrics to darkly ironic, somberly truthful observations about human experience. Bosselaar and Brown, both fine poets in their own right, are skillful translators. .

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"Reading this book, I was amazed again and again by the skill of Bosselaar and Brown. They make it hard to imagine that these strange, original, and absolutely fabulous poems were written in any other language but English."—Charles Simic

From the Book:

“What a lack of pathos”

What a lack of pathos
the way he says: “Hello.
So you no longer love me.”
And she, getting rid of a last
sandwich bite: “No.”
And he, he goes on talking
to the phone until it says click,
as though it were swallowing something.



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