translated from the Dutch by Jacquelyn Pope
Hester Knibbe was born in 1946 in Harderwijk, The Netherlands, a small city in the eastern part of the country, on the Ijsselmeer (formerly known as the Zuider Zee). Since 1972 she has lived in Rotterdam. Her first collection of poems, Tussen gebaren en woorden (Between Gestures and Words) was published in 1982; since that time she has published thirteen more collections of poetry. She has been recognized with numerous national awards: in 2000 she received the prestigious Herman Gorter Prize for the poem-cycle Antidood (Antideath); in 2001 she was awarded the Anna Blaman Prize for her entire œuvre, and in 2009 she received the A. Roland Holst prize.
Jacquelyn Pope is the author of Watermark, which was selected by Marie Ponsot for the inaugural Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize and was published by Marsh Hawk Press in 2005. Her poems have appeared in journals including Poetry, The New Republic, Gulf Coast, FIELD, and Southern Review. Her work has received the José Marti Prize and awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her translations from Dutch and Afrikaans have been published in journals in the US and abroad, and have been featured on the Poetry Daily website. She is the recipient of a 2012 PEN Translation Fund grant.