Eddy Van Vliet Biography

Eddy van Vliet, who in daily life was a practising lawyer, was also someone for whom poetry was a vital part of existence. Only at one moment did the two worlds literally meet. In 1994 he published the passionate essay Poëzie: een pleidooi (Poetry: the Case for the Defence), the text of address he had given back in 1976 to the annual Conference of the Antwerp Bar. It reveals something of the tension between the demands of reality and the world of the dream, the exact field in which Van Vliet’s poetry operates.