My style of writing...

In my poetry I enjoy using liguistic compounds, which might appear a bit strange in the eyes of English readers…
My vernacular is Dutch and English has very long been my second language.

In Dutch grammatical compounds are common and mostly written as one word. Poets, playing with language in their creative ways, invent their own little gems, like ‘fluistergras’ (‘whispergrass’), ‘bloemenziel’ (‘flowersoul’)… As a poet I do it in English too, leaving out the hyphens.

So… Dutch is a funny, polysynthetic tongue…
Who would ever think of a word such as: ‘Hazewindhondenhalsbandenslotsleutelgatenverdekplaatjes’???

Ciao from Holland!

Rikki

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