Cees Nooteboom wrote the poems that make up Monk’s Eye on two islands: he began them on the Dutch island of Schiermonnikoog and finished them on the Spanish island of Minorca, where he has spent summers for decades. The poems—which can be read individually or, all together, as the record of a poet’s life—are about the two islands. But they’re also about islands as an archetype, about the serenity that we can find on beaches and amid dunes, the sea sweeping imperturbably around us. Accompanied by Sunandini Banerjee’s collages, the poems in this volume are rich in allusion; they address the past, memories, illusions, dreams, and the heart of all poetry—which Nooteboom locates in the opening line of Plato’s Phaedrus, when Socrates, walking with his admirer, asks, “My dear Phaedrus, whence came you, and whither are you going?”
About the Author
Cees Nooteboom is one of Europe’s leading living authors. His poetry, novels and, travel literature have been translated into many languages. Several of his books, including Light Everywhere and Monk’s Eye, are also available from Seagull Books.
David Colmer is an award-winning translator.
“Cees Nooteboom stands as an impressive and inimitable voice among contemporary writers.” — New York Times Book Review