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Poet


F. van Dixhoorn 1948

country: Netherlands
Engels
Presumably after much experimentation, F. van Dixhoorn (1948) found the suitable form for his language fragments. Since 1994, he has published four collections of poems in which there is an unchanging underlying basic pattern. A Van Dixhoorn typepage looks as follows: the typographical space counts sixteen lines – don’t forget to include the white lines. This space offers shelter for notes that originate from a word-ocean of memories, table-conversations, nature diaries, thoughts and preoccupations. The sometimes menacing, sometimes mild-mannered snatches of sentences are poly-interpretable, also because they form various clusters. Another striking feature is that counting takes place in the poems themselves, as if a beat or a march tempo were being indicated. Despite this, the regime is not rigid: although there is something of a regular pattern to be found in his early poems, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4 (etc.), the poet/composer allows himself an ever greater degree of freedom within the system he himself has devised. A fixed ground pattern creates after all the possibility of infinite variation. That is what is so immensely fascinating about Van Dixhoorn’s work: no matter how random his language looks, how loosely it also appears to hang together, it is perceptible because of the strictly adhered-to structure that all words, numbers and white lines have been judiciously placed according to considerations that cannot be discerned via the text, but should rather be experienced. Van Dixhoorn’s texts do not only work by means of their vocabulary (the sun, the sea, a boat, a monkey, an orange) but make an effort to include the reader (or listener – the poet is a sophisticated performer of his own work) in their idiomatic space. In this poetry the patterns of repetitions which we are offered in large quantities every day are made explicit, and scenes are evoked where the coordinates of time (now, then, presently) and space (dream, perception, consciousness) are eager to reach out and shake hands. Van Dixhoorn’s poems invite the reader or listener to be part of the creative process.

Johan Sonnenschein
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