In 1979 Peter Glassgold edited for New Directions a collection of seven poets of the group of Dutch writers known as the Fiftiers, who, having grown up in the turbulent 1940s, came of age as poetic and visual experimenters in the 1950s. The collection was revelatory and stood for a quarter century as a testament to the exciting poetry produced by these figures, which included Remco Campert, Hugo Claus, Jan G. Elburg, Gerrit Kouwenaar, Lucebert, Sybren Polet, and Bert Schierbeek.
In subsequent years, some of the Dutch Fiftiers died, while others continued to write, adding to their reputations to the point of being nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature and receiving numerous other awards. In 2005, Green Integer publisher Douglas Messerli took the original anthology and, along with Glassgold, expanded it to include more poems, updated bibliographical material with photos, and two further poets of that original group, Paul Rodenko and Simon Vinkenoog. In this revised and enlarged edition, number 6 of Messerli’s ongoing PIP [Project for Innovative Poetry] Anthologies of World Poetry of the 20th Century, the editors have also included the original Dutch poems, which they hope will further reveal the significance of these important literary figures.
Los Angeles: Green Integer, 2005
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