1991, Borgerhout. Student of the art of the spoken word. Performing poet. Loves being onstage.
Charlotte Van den Broeck got her Master’s in English and German Language and Literature, and is currently enrolled in the Art of the Spoken Word programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. In 2012 and 2013, she was ranked in the top 100 of the Turing National Poetry Contest. One year later, in 2014, she published several poems in the magazine Het Liegend Konijn, and this was followed by her debut in 2015, Kameleon (Chameleon). In this collection of poems, she applies a fluid style in visual, narrative poems that tell the story of how a girl becomes a woman, looking for one’s purpose in life, and the quest to find one’s identity. It was one of the best debut collections of the year. Van den Broeck does not limit her poems to the written form, but also recites them onstage. She believes that this is a way for people to experience poetry more directly. In 2013, she made it to the finals of DichtSlamRap. In 2016, she won the Herman de Coninck Debut Prize for Kameleon.
Translated by Janet Blanken
Original title: Kameleon (De Arbeiderspers, 2015)
Kameleon (Chameleon) takes a road trip to a possibly female identity that is built somewhere between body and language. Through a multitude of memories, forms and landscapes, the territory of a girl’s body is explored - as if it were something that could be travelled - and the same naive wish for a symbiotic existence resonates over and over again, and in spite of the elasticity of poetry, manages to remain just out of reach.