Claire Polders

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Claire Polders is a Dutch author.

Her short prose has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies in print and online. Stories can be found in Denver Quarterly, TriQuarterly, Okey-Panky (Electric Literature), Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. Essays appeared (among others) in Tin House (TOB), The Pinch, Room Magazine, and Green Mountains Review.

Born in Gouda (yes, from the cheese), Claire grew up just outside Rotterdam, seven meters below sea level. She earned a double master’s degree in Literature and Philosophy and is married to an American writer. Together they divide their time between The Netherlands, France, and the United States.

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De onfeilbare

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Salto mortale

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Eeuwige kermis

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Fasten your seat belt!

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De verdwijning van Eva Zomers

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The Pfannenstiel Trail above Lake Zurich

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” 
—Margaret Atwood

Today we hiked the Pfannenstiel Trail from Forch to Meilen, the one we’d planned to take last Wednesday.

We made it to the Rehalp S-Bahn stop this time without getting distracted and purchased tickets that proved to be the wrong kind. Or perhaps they were the right kind, but they had to be stamped in advance an...

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Albert Camus
“Man stands face to face with the irrational. He feels within him his longing for happiness and for reason. The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

Anne Carson
“Men know almost nothing about desire, they think it has to do with sexual activity or can be discharged that way. But sex is a substitute, like money or language. Sometimes I just want to stop seeing.”
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Annie Dillard
“We teach our children one thing only, as we were taught: to wake up. We teach our children to look alive there, to join by words and activities the life of human culture on this planet's crust. As adults we are almost all adept at waking up. We have so mastered the transition we make a hundred times a day, as, like so many will-less dolphins, we plunge and surface, lapse and emerge. We live half our waking lives and all of our sleeping lives in some private, useless, and insensible waters we never mention or recall. Useless, I say. Valueless, I might add — until someone hauls their wealth up to the surface and into the wide-awake city, in a form that people can use.”
Annie Dillard, Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters

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