Hi there!

I’m Leen Raats, a Belgian writer and poet. I sometimes call myself ’the headbanging writer’ because I’m into metal. And you’ve got to admit… It sounds kinda catchy, doesn’t it? I’ve published several books in Dutch and have been participating in (and sometimes even winning) writing competitions in Belgium and The Netherlands since I was 15. I’m now 37 years old (young) and expanding my horizons by translating some of my work into English. To be continued!

Vacancy

Sometimes she dreams about waking up.

In an empty house full of hungry cats
her stubbornness keeps her upright
like a hollowed oak.

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Hound dog

She knows Elvis cannot be
anything but dead, still sometimes
she just has to believe

in the harsh light of day
after a night of lies
she carries water in leaky tubs
to a turbulent sea.

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Fatherland

Whether it’s something or someone
I’m waiting for you ask
with a lip that trembles
for reasons I don’t know.

We’re sitting on a hill
overlooking a city
where no one dares to believe anymore.

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