Hans Plomp – Sailing hither and thither on Lake Life

Author : Hans Plomp
Publisher : Counter Culture Chronicles/Casioli Press
Year : 2020
Size : 210 x 150 x 2 mm
Pages : 6, risographed
Binding : saddle stitched
Design : André Koolmees
Risographed by Stencilwerck, The Hague
Photography: Sylvia Leidelmeijer
Signed by Hans Plomp
Limited and hand numbered edition of 50
€ 12.00
Postage & packing not included

Dutch writer and poet Hans Plomp was born in Amsterdam in 1944. After having read Dutch Language and Literature and having briefly held a position as a Dutch teacher, Plomp dropped out to become an active member of the Dutch Provos in the mid-1960s. Plomp picked up writing in the same period and saw his first novel, De Ondertrouw, published in 1968. Furthermore, he developed into one of the Dutch pioneers of psychedelia in the 1960s and 1970s and experimented extensively with LSD and other mind-altering drugs, experiments which he would later capture in the manual Uit Je Bol, which he wrote together with Gerben Hellinga. Plomp and Hellinga were also the two driving forces behind the artists’ colony Ruigoord, which has managed to survive under the smoke of Amsterdam since 1973. At Ruigoord Plomp has organised the annual literary festival Fiery Tongues for many years. Plomp’s prose, travel journals and poetry have been published extensively in Dutch, most notably by publishing house In de Knipscheer, Haarlem. Both Bart De Paepe’s Sloow Tapes and René van der Voort’s Counter Culture Chronicles have released readings by Plomp on cassette.

Sailing hither and thither on Lake Life is the first joint edition of Counter Culture Chronicles and Casioli Press. The plain but elegant chapbook contains five poems by Hans Plomp and a photograph of the poet by Sylvia Leidelmeijer. The poems together form a good crosssection of Plomp’s poetic output. There is The Beast is loose, a primal rhyme verse for dark and stormy nights, and the dark and apocalyptic A Prophesy, dedicated to William Blake, and the equally dark and anti-nuclear Welcome Lord Pluto, dedicated to Allen Ginsberg. Or Courting the Water Hag, a loving tribute to Plomp’s friend and fellow-traveller Ira Cohen, or the final poem 64 Yoginis, which documents and elaborates one of Plomp’s experiences in India. The risographed and saddle-stitched chapbook was published in a limited edition of 50 copies, each signed by Hans Plomp and each with a photo print by Sylvia Leidelmeijer.

Hans Plomp - Sailing hither and thither on Lake Life