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27/10/2015 / Issue #002 / Text: Jonas van de Poel

Amsterdam Writers Guild

Brain in a vat

Fluorescent submarine your spark contorts my bare frontier acknowledge your predicates
it was in an Auckland car park he first realised silence is confrontation
thought is construct

thousands of tiny little fibreglass wires surging with information
connected to a brain kept in formalin        

pluck these wires [like strings]
their music will make you feel
isolated & free    


Jonas van de Poel is a poet and student currently finishing his BA degree in English Language and Culture at the University of Amsterdam. He co-founded the Amsterdam Writers Guild, and aspires to become philosopher-king-poet and unacknowledged legislator of the yet to be founded Republic of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Writers Guild:
Founded in 2013 by a group of students at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Amsterdam Writers Guild (AWG) has grown out to become an essential and vital part of the city’s literary community.
As a self-sufficient organization of eager and aspiring writers, the main objective of the AWG is to expand upon, and bolster, Amsterdam’s literary tradition, taking a grassroots, horizontal approach to the promotion of creative writing.
Free of charge, and available to everyone, the Guild organizes a variety of events, such as workshops, guest lectures, readings, poetry contests and short story competitions. Twice a year, the AWG publishes their own literary journal, the DAWG Review, online. Comprised of work by its members, this journal features texts in English, in Dutch, poetry, prose, and anything in between.
In the first half of 2015, the Guild has organized events that featured the amazing American poets Kiki Petrosino and Steven Toussaint, Man Booker Prize winner Eleanor Catton, dr. Kristine Johanson and Hannah Kousbroek of the UvA, published the third volume of the DAWG Review, and hosted its annual Poetry Contest at Bar Bukowski.

Find the AWG online at