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Logement, A Poetic Encounter of Two Poets

by Iris ten Horn in Films & Books , 01 March 2020

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Two friends. Two generations. Two gay columnists. Two poets. Two worlds. One poetry collection. Last month, actor and writer Jan-Simon Minkema and poet Rick van der Made launched their joint poetry volume “Logement.”

Rick (left) and Jan-Simon Minkema (r), photo (c) Martijn Gijsbertsen
On the back of the book you can read that it is a story in poems about friendship, love, the past, and desire. Behind the thematically chosen but not clearly stated topics (such as “father,” “mother,” “death,” and “relationship”) we see (fragments of) the worlds of the two writers, in which these four words are always around the corner.

It is an interesting collection. Both poets have their own style they hardly deviate from, which gives the collection its clear identities. Both love rhymes - internal rhyme and end rhyme - blending some poems into songs.

Minkema writes shorter poems, often with a beautiful “pointe” of language play, and writes, as befits a good actor, visually and empathic. They are small, intimate “tableaux vivants” in which a great deal nevertheless happens, such as in the poem of the son who gives a speech at his father’s funeral, whereby the poet realizes that he has no children who will ever speak of him in such a way.

Van der Made’s poems are longer, and more often layered. The connection that the reader quickly feels with Minkema is less obvious with Van der Made. This is due to his absolutely beautiful and poetic, but somewhat more distant language and his desire to sometimes present the reading with something of a message (“values”).

The collection also has a “pink” flavor. Van der Made writes columns for various gay magazines and Minkema has done so in the past as well. As an actor, Minkema regularly highlighted the theme of homosexuality in his television programs in the 1980s and 1990s. In the two poems that the poets wrote and dedicated to each other, the love that two men can feel for each other is touched upon sweetly and sensitively.

“Logement” (Waalre: Heimdall, 2019) has become an interesting collection with surprising “glimpses” into the lives of two befriended poets. Two friends. Two poets. Two generations. Two gay columnists. One collection.

The book (in Dutch) is available online and in the better bookshops. For orders for signed copies and for bookings, please contact




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