Dichter fan Fryslân

Poet of Fryslân

Eeltsje Hettinga

Good as new

Almost Blue, Chet Baker


As good as new your heart has room
for jazz in young February light.

A woman (braindead, last breath blown out)
gave your body back its time, beat and swing,

you, whistling along the quay, the heart
a mighty trembling, percussion like no other.

In the bar near the Oldehove, a former
funeral parlour, they ask: And

do you feel her too, deep in your bones,
and do you hear her heartbeat

echo when the souls of the dead
pass through the sky because

perhaps a spark was still there when…

Shh… To me she is the chalice of ancient tabernacles,
her water, my wine.

Hear how downstairs in the bar Chet Baker
plays the slow, almost subterranean

song that finds its beginning in its end.




(*) The Oldehove is a tower in Leeuwarden.


Translation: David Colmer


Poet of Fryslân

The Poet of Fryslân writes six to ten poems a year, and knows how to reach and tie to an audience with his poetry. The poems are highly preferred in the Frisian language or in a Frisian regional language.

The Poet of Fryslân acts as a poetic ambassador and takes care of Fryslân’s poetic representation in a modern and inviting manner. Inside and outside the province. Preferably inspired by actual events or special moments that occur in our province. The Poet of Fryslân knows, in a contemporary and accessible way, how to present current and social themes in poetry.

The Poet of Fryslân is expected to perform a number of times a year on yet to be determined occasions.

Eeltsje Hettinga

Eeltsje Hettinga has been elected the first ever Poet of Fryslân. The appointment is for two years. Deputy Sietske Poepjes will appoint the Poet of Fryslân on November 24, 2017 in the Herman Gorterkerk in Balk.

As the Poet of Fryslân, Hettinga acts as a poetic ambassador over the next two years. He writes six to ten poems a year, most inspired by striking and current events in the province. The Poet of Fryslân receives a fixed fee of € 2,500, – per year and € 250, – for each poem.