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Bart Van der Straeten (b. 1979) studied Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Ghent and is still connected to his alma mater as a lecturer. In 2014 he made his poetry debut with the publication of Onbalans (Imbalance) at publishing house Vrijdag. The collection, which was highly praised upon publication, contains poems that try to avert an existential crisis by a very well-built structure. In Onbalans uncertainty is taken for granted. In pure, naked and deep verses, the poet tries to assess the probability of the truth.
Poems from this collection are published in Banipal 57's guest feature Literature from Flanders, translated from the Flemish/Dutch by Astrid Alben.