Books by Kees Spiering

  • You Go First

    Kees Spiering

    | Children's Books | This book has 128 pages

    ‘In my opinion, he is one of the best Dutch poets for young people.’ Ted van Lieshout, poet and writer

    WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY ALETTE STRAATHOF

    HIGHLIGHTED BY THE DUTCH FOUNDATION OF LITERATURE

    Kees Spiering is renowned for his brilliant poetry for young people written in clear language. Almost fifteen years after his previous poetry collection, he now presents You Go First: a beautifully designed volume with extraordinary illustrations by young talent Alette Straathof. You Go First contains about 75 poems. Most are new; the rest are highlights from Spiering’s previous collections. His poems are mini landscapes about subjects relevant to both young people and adults, such as falling in love, heartbreak, parents, school, animals, death and much more. Bold and honest poetry in scintillating, straightforward sentences, as only Kees Spiering can write.

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    ‘The philosophical approach to the heavier subjects of life makes them relatable and offers a home for grief and pain. […] The rhythm, the choice of words, and the – sometimes intense – subjects that Spiering discusses: this title exudes poetic craftsmanship, and, in my opinion, should be considered an instant classic’ – HET REFORMATISCH DAGBLAD

    ‘His poetry recounts little moments and feelings that are relatable to teenagers (or anybody who has ever been one), which, thanks to a surprising metaphor or strong observation, suddenly make an impression, raise a smile, or stir an emotion’ – BAS MALIEPAARD, TROUW

    ‘This title is as simple and ambiguous as the poems in the collection. ‘You’ could be the poet, a loved one or, more broadly, other people, but also the reader. Each of Kees Spiering’s poems can be seen as a beginning that invites readers to go further, to look and feel differently, to face up to and explore their own feelings’ – DE POËZIEKRANT

    ‘He manages to capture those observations in a subtle language and pleasant rhythm that always fit the subject.’ – WYKEIN

    ‘Spiering makes the unsayable sayable.’ – DE MORGEN

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