Luuk Gruwez (born 9 August 1953) is a Flemish poet. Since 1976, he lives in Hasselt, where he worked until 1995 as a teacher.
Gruwez was born at Kortrijk. He attended high school there at the Damiaancollege and graduated in Germanic philology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In 1976 he moved from Kortrijk to Hasselt. He earns a living as a teacher there until his career break in 1995 after being granted a scholarship as a writer.
Gruwez' work is sometimes considered to belong to the neoromantic movement in response to the new realism of the 60s, with its typical emphasis on the emotions of life, love, disease, decay and death. But in Luuk Gruwez' work this kind of romance is always tempered by a portion of (self) irony.
In his later poetry the subject matter is broader and his style becomes more narrative. He is now a full-time writer of poetry and prose as well as columns, appearing weekly in De Standaard and monthly from 2001 to 2003 in De Morgen. In 2009 he received the Herman de Coninckprijs for his poem "Moeders" from Lagerwal. Tuur Florizoone (nl) and Jessa Wildemeersch composed music for these nominated poems.


Luuk Gruwez Poems


For Herman de Coninck

In men it's cold and frequently December.
In women it is mostly May.
They want to shimmer all their lives,... more »


For Toon Tellegen


Machines quite gentle are called for
for one fine day to fly to nowhere.... more »


Voor Totje
Laat ons naar Wijvenheide gaan.
Hoe Jammerlijk dat afstanden bestaan,
maar wie per se naar Wijvenheide wil,
komt ook in Wijvenheide aan.

Laat ons naar Wijvenheide gaan.
Daar strijken karekieten neer.
De rietpluim wuift wie straks weer
weg moet, nu al uitgebreid ten afscheid.

Laat ons naar Wijvenheide gaan.
In Wijvenheide ligt een groot geheim:
de zilverreiger broedt er op een spiegelei.... more »

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