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The Captain of the Butterflies

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In this, his first collection of poetry published in English, acclaimed Dutch novelist and poet Cees Nooteboom reveals a wry mix of surrealist-like language in dialogue with precise, realistic images. The result is a wonderful poetry of energy and wit. "The page lies on the lily, / and on the leaves of the lily. / The poem is all mirrors".
Paperback, 117 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Sun and Moon Press (first published June 1997)
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Tracy O
Nov 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Likes Poetry or Those Who Are Dutch
This is a LITTLE bit Kahlil Gibran meets I don't know what maybe, Naomi Shihab Nye - I mean there's a tiny bit of metaphysical stuff that might strike you as a bit twee, but this is a very solid book of poetry. If you don't believe me try one:


This I have often been:
a man on a road,
a man on a plane,
a man with a woman.

And this I have often been:
man who wanted to hide
under stone
to avoid seeing light.

These two men
carry my luggage,
read my papers,
eat my bread.

Together we travel the sound
and ai
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Cees Nooteboom (born Cornelis Johannes Jacobus Maria Nooteboom, 31 July 1933, in the Hague) is a Dutch author. He has won the Prijs der Nederlandse Letteren, the P.C. Hooft Award, the Pegasus Prize, the Ferdinand Bordewijk Prijs for Rituelen, the Austrian State Prize for European Literature and the Constantijn Huygens Prize, and has frequently been mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize in l ...more