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Title: J.C. Bloem: 'Luiheid' en 'Verlangen'
Author(s): KUSTERS, Wiel
Journal: Spiegel der Letteren
Volume: 43    Issue: 2   Date: 2001   
Pages: 121-147
DOI: 10.2143/SDL.43.2.396

Abstract :
This article on the Dutch poet J.C. Bloem (1887-1966) attempts to understand an aspect of Bloem’s biography from the perspective of his poetry and vice versa. Adopting this perspective, it turns out that a biographical feature such as ‘laziness’ relates to the poetical concept of ‘desire’. I define this concept as a desire for stasis and stillness, for a balance of life and death. Subsequently, I discuss Bloem’s concept of ‘desire’ within the context of Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalysis. Certain poems and aforisms already analyzed in the first part of this article are reinterpreted within a Lacanian framework. The Lacanian frame of reference foregrounds a fundamental ambivalence within Bloem’s concept of desire: it is a desire for laziness and disciplined activity. As it turns out, both Bloem’s biography and his poetry are characterized by this ambivalence.

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