As a poet, Perquin is able to get into the minds of others. Whether they are the delinquents presented to us in Cell Inspections or the nameless, strange, but extremely recognizable figures in her other work. The reader always gets the feeling that she is being addressed by a person of flesh and blood. Because Perquin often uses the second-person singular, the idea of direct communication is further reinforced. Who is this you”? Is it the reader or the writer?
Dutch poet Ester Naomi Perquin worked as a prison guard to pay for her college education. She has published three books of poetry.
from Servetten halfstok (“Napkins at Half-mast”, 2007)
Regarding the Lover
from Namens de ander (“In the Name of the Other”, 2009)
The Last Stranger
You Are the Wrong Man
This morning a lady phoned wanting to know if I...
Sign Here Please
from Celinspecties (“Cell Inspections”, 2012)
That day I tumbled, unsuspecting, into someone else’s life, someone else’s...
I can only tell this story once. The second time I tell it will sound rehearsed...
Carlo “the Conqueror” da C.
You can also think it’s someone else’s fault, all of it, because...
Letters to a P.O. Box
There Is a Lot Left
Dennis de K.
You want me to write down my life, string those people up...
So to Speak
If You Lose Me
Conversation on the Street
Michael van W.
Legal Activities 1
Legal Activities 2
Table Talk 1
Table Talk 2
Table Talk 3