Gaston Burssens  

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"Formally one can detect influences from German and French expressionism and from the poetry of Paul van Ostaijen, while in terms of subject matter the poems partly follow the line of Kurt Hiller’s ‘Aktivismus’ and Henri Barbusse’s internationally oriented cultural movement Clarté." --Matthijs de Ridder

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Gaston Burssens (Dendermonde, February 18 1896January 29 1965) was a Flemish poet, usually classified as an expressionist literature. He died age 68 in Antwerpen en was buried at the Schoonselhof cemetery. He was a member of the "Activists" and studied at the University of Ghent. He also published previously unpublished work by avant-garde poet and contemporary Paul Van Ostaijen after the latter's death.


  • 1918 Verzen
  • 1919 De Yadefluit
  • 1920 Liederen uit de stad en uit de sel
  • 1924 Piano
  • 1926 Enzovoort
  • 1930 Klemmen voor zangvogels
  • 1933 Paul van Ostaijen zoals hij was en is
  • 1935 French en andere cancan
  • 1941 De eeuw van Pericles
  • 1943 Elegie
  • -- Floris Jespers
  • 1945 Fabula rasa
  • 1946 12 niggersongs
  • 1952 Pegasos van Troja
  • -- Boy
  • 1954 Ode
  • 1956 Floris Jespers
  • -- Paul van Ostaijen
  • -- Het neusje van de inktvis
  • 1958 Adieu
  • 1961 Posthume verzen
  • 1981 Verzameld proza
  • 2005 Alles is mogelijk in een gedicht. Verzamelde verzen 1914-1965

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