VSB Prize Jury’s report about ‘Kwaad gesternte’ (‘Unlucky star’), Hannah van Binsbergen (published by Atlas Contact, 2016)
An amazing debut collection without a single weak poem. You cannot be undecided with better-chosen words. In ‘Kwaad gesternte’, Hannah van Binsbergen is on a mission to find something to hold fast to, not as a unique individual, but as an insignificant cog in the system. She sets an angry inner world against the grim outside world - but aren’t those two actually the same thing? This is poetry which cleaves open and takes root, written in and for a time when straightforward principles have become a rarity. The good, the true and the beautiful are all on the ropes, exhausted. It may be considered a minor miracle that those flowers of evil can still blossom in a tiny corner.