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Campusdichter 2019: Michiel Bakker

Michiel Bakker is verkozen tot campusdichter 2019. Donderdag 24 januari 2019 won de 22-jarige filosofiestudent de jaarlijkse campusdichterverkiezing van Tilburg University tijdens de Poetry Party.

Hij is daarmee de dertiende campusdichter. Hij zal zich het komende jaar door middel van zijn gedichten uitspreken over campusleven, studie en zijn ervaringen.

Impressie Poetry Party 2019 en interview.

Endnote and overture

Endnote and overture


I kissed you in a photo booth.

Your hands were tense as if you feared

a glow that smoldered in your soul.

The lens was stained with candle grease

that vaguely spelled our names


Your last name smelled of honey drops

mine could have been a Bee Gees song

where disco’s heat made hell undone.

From pulse to pulse we slowly danced

in feral fire and frozen trance


You framed our flame with timelessness

in cadences that made me blush

and grew a scorching burst of life.

Firmly you pushed to balance us

and set my body free of mind


‘A kingfisher,’ she said, ‘how nice.’

I watched and felt her slip away

as waking always wipes the dream.

The light of day arrested me

and closed the scene that night had been.

Michiel Bakker