Rexlibris Media Group: PORTRAIT OF A LITERARY PROMOTER - GERMAIN DROOGENBROODT

DROOGENBROODT Germain 2020Germain Droogenbroodt, was born 11 September 1944 in Rollegem, the Flemish part of Belgium. In 1987 he moved to the Mediterranean artist village of Altea and integrated in Spanish literary life.

Germain Droogenbroodt is an internationally appreciated poet, translator, publisher and promoter of modern international poetry. He wrote short stories and literary reviews, but mainly poetry, so thirteen poetry books, published in 28 countries. He translated – he speaks six languages - more than thirty collections of German, Italian, Spanish, Latin American, English and French poetry, including anthologies of Bertolt Brecht, Mahmud Darwish, Reiner Kunze, Miguel Hernández, José Ángel Valente, Francisco Brines, Albert and rendered Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Persian and Korean poetry into Dutch.

As founder and editor of the Belgian publishing house POINT Editions (POetry INTernational) he published more than eighty collections of mainly modern, international poetry. In 1996 he set up a new poetic movement, called neo-sensacionismo with the famous Chinese poets Bei Dao and Duo Duo.

Germain Droogenbroodt organised and co-organised several international poetry festivals in Spain. He is vice president of the Academy Mihai Eminescu, organizing the International Poetry Festival “Mihai Eminescu” in Craiova, Romania, co-founder and advisor of JUNPA (Japan Universal Poets Association), artistic advisor of the Italian movement Poetry & Discovery, and founding president of the Spanish cultural foundation ITHACA. He also collaborates with the Italian poetry publication Margutte.

His poetic oeuvre is many-sided. After his début with “Forty at the wall” (1984), defined as neo-romantic poetry, he published “Do you know the country?”, Meditations at Lake Como (Italy), a collection of nature poems. In 1995 he was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship (Scotland) where he wrote “Conversation with the hereafter”, poems about death, awarded in Belgium with the P.G. Buckinx-Prize and “Palpable absence”, a bilingual (Dutch-Spanish) collection of love poems. A critic of the Dutch Information Office for Libraries described his love poems as “virtuoso poetry”. At the end of 1998 appeared “Between the silence of your lips”, his collected love poems.

During his sojourn at the Palace-Fortress “Neemrana” in Rajasthan he completed the poetry cycle “The Road”, (read TAO) a poetic bridge between the East and the West, inspiring the Flemish artist Frans Minnaert and the Indian painter Satish Gupta, who enriched “The Road” with their drawings. This rather philosophical, mystical poetry is so far his most popular book, published already in 25 countries, translated by such famous poets as Bei Dao (Chinese), Fuad Rifka (Arabic), Jana Stroblova and Josef Hruby (Czech), Milan Richter (Slovak), Emilio Coco, Luca Benassi and Tiziana Orrù (Italian), Ganga Prasad Vimal (Hindi)…In 2001 he wrote in Spanish “Amanece el cantor” (The Singer Awakes), a homage to the deceased poet José Ángel Valente, followed by “Counterlight” written in Ronda (Southern Spain) in 2002, published in Spain by Calima Ediciones, in Romania by ex Ponto, in Belgium by POINT Editions, in both Mongolian languages by GCompress Co., Ltd. Ulaanbaatar, in Arab by Albayat (Morocco), in Hong Kong by “Contemporary Poetry”, and in Taiwan by Poet Culture. Corp. The latter publication includes also “Counterlight“.

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His poetry book “In the Stream of Time, Meditations in the Himalayas”, was published in 2008 in Belgium and as part of “Selected Poems by Germain Droogenbroodt”, 2008 in Shanghai by the Shanghai Literature & Art Publishing Group and in Spain, laureate of the XXIX Premio de Poesía Juan Alcaide 2008. Struga Poetry Evenings also published “In the Stream of Time” in their prestigious “Pleiades” in 2010. The book was also translated in Japanese and launched at the Kyoto City International Foundation in Kyoto, Japan in 2010 and in Gaelic (Irish) in 2012. A selection of his poems was also published in Bengal in Bangladesh (2012 and 2015). “Unshadowed Light”, was launched end 2012 in a bilingual Dutch-Spanish publication at the Book Fair in Antwerp and in several Belgian towns and in Spain. “In the Stream of Time, Meditations in the Himalayas” was published in Romania in 2015.

The anthology “The Dewdrops of Dawn”, a selection from 11 poetry books, was published with illustrations by Satish Gupta in German, in Dutch and in Croatian (2014). “Dewdrops”, a selection of 100 haiku in Japanese, English, Spanish and Dutch was published by JUNPA, Kyoto, and launched in Japan end 2016. His latest poetry book, “The Ephemeral Flower of Time” was published end 2016 in Dutch and Spanish and in English (2017). “The Oracle of Time”, published 2019 in the US.

Several famous artists made paintings and sculptures inspired by his poetry as international composers composed music to poems, such as the Dutch composer Bart Bakker who composed the “Germain Droogenbroodt cycle”, 12 pieces for flute.

Germain Droogenbroodt is yearly invited to give recitals and conferences at universities and at the most prestigious poetry festivals around the world. He was nominated for the Nobel prize of Literature 2017.

Awards (selection)

In Belgium: P.G. Buckinx Prijs with his poetry collection “Conversation with the Hereafter”
In Egypt “Doctor honoris causa”, as poet and promoter of International poetry, 1990
In Spain: Premio de Poesía Juan Alcaide, with his poetry book “In the Stream of Time,
Meditations in the Himalayas”
In Mongolia: the “Pegasus Prize” by the Mongolian Academy of Cultura and Poetry
In Macedonia: Best Poem of the Festival” at the International Poetry Festival in Tetovo
In Lebanon: Laureate of the Naji Naaman's Literary Prizes, 2013
En Bangladesh: the Kathak Literary Prize 2015.
In Romania: “The Grand Prix Mihai Eminescu Prize” for his poetry and the Poesía Mihai Eminescu 2015 + 2017 medal as promoter of international poetry.
In China: “Internationally best poetry translator” by the International Translation and Research Centre
In Japan: the JUNPA Legend Award (2017)
In Italy; Premio Speziale Don Luigi di Liegro at the Museum of the Capitol in Rome, 2017
In France: Prix de Poésie EASAL (European Academy of Sciences Arts and Literature) 2018
In China: Certificate of Honor for his paper “The Road” at the 3rd YiJing Summit Forum in Wuxi, 5th June 2018
In Greece: At the Chalkida International Poetry Meeting in April 2019,
the “Homer ”, European Medal of Poetry and Art
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Sydney, Australia
12 October 2020

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