“Once more, in this collection Hirs proves that she can create a play of poetic language like nobody else. (…) Hirs’s ingenious tour de force stands right in the twenty-first century.” (Helena Van Praet, De Reactor)

“Departing from this moment of receptivity, Hirs embarks on a surprising and overwhelming exploration of language, time, space, humanity, nature, perception, memory.” (Anne ter Beek, Awater)

“The new collection is titled oneindige zin, and all meanings of the word ‘zin’ apply. This poetry is sensual, has an appetite for enjoyment and is looking for meaning, but can also be read as one unending complete sentence without punctuation.” (Piet Gerbrandy, Poëziekrant).

“The title of the section ‘de magie van een mogelijk heden’, too, is very meaningful, as there are many possibilities [‘mogelijkheden’] in language, but all those lingual constructions will always again form a possible present: the moment of writing, the moment of reading, the moment of listening.” (Dietske Geerlings, Tzum)

“It pays to read these poems out loud, because then the continuous play with sonic and verbal associations and contrasts comes into focus all the more. (…) Reinforced by alliterations and assonances, a composed, dazzling fabric of language unfolds.” (Anne ter Beek, Awater)

“Often, the poet makes use of a narrative style full of imagery, which helps a tentative reading. Language smoothly flows onward by way of a play of rhythm and sound.” (Pauliene Kruithof, Friesch Dagblad)

“That way, Rozalie Hirs’s infinite sense is connected to infinite being, which keeps on flowing after our death. Hirs captures bits of this stream in her poetry and renders the heartbeat of language audible and palpable, constantly appealing to the reader to co-create an imaginary world in which poet and reader fleetingly coincide in language.” (Dietske Geerlings, Tzum)(

“Hirs has managed to push poetry beyond language without leaving it entirely and that is an impressive achievement.” (Anne ter Beek, Awater)

“In the work of Rozalie Hirs, poetry and music flow into one another in a natural manner. (…) Music full of glimmering sonic poetry, and a poetry that sings beyond the sentence.” (Mark van de Voort, VPRO Gids)

7 October 2021. In her seventh Dutch poetry book oneindige zin (infinite sense, 2021), Rozalie Hirs travels through the fluid language of inner worlds, spilling over into outer ones. From the imagination and the dream to the house, the garden, the city, the woods, the internet, and the universe. How can an open syntax lead to new poetic structures and meanings? By reaching for its ultimate possibilities, Hirs declares her love for language. Together with the cyclical nature of day and night, seasons, tides, and shapes of the moon, infinite sense celebrates life, dancing, singing.

infinite sense (2021), the seventh Dutch-language collection of poetry by Rozalie Hirs, will be published on October 8, 2021 by Singeluitgeverijen | Uitgeverij Querido. The book design is by Michaël Snitker.

Rozalie Hirs (1965) is a poet and composer. She previously has published six collections of poetry with Querido, from Locus (1998) to further particulars (2017), and five collections in other languages, including her multilingual manifesto gestammelte werke (2017) with the renowned publishing house kookbooks, Berlin.

book tour
10 October 2021, 15:00 CET
interview by Marcel Möring
poetry reading, booklaunch, Q & A, book signing
Boekhandel Donner
Coolsingel 129, 3012 AG Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands

21 October 2021, 19:00 CET)
lecture by Thomas Möhlmann
poetry reading, book launch, Q & A, book signing, reception
Athenaeum boekhandel
Spui 14, 1012 XA Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands

23 October 2021, 11:00 CET
interview by Ingmar Heytze
poetry reading, booklaunch, Q & A, book signing
Bilthovense Boekhandel
Julianalaan 1, 3722 GA Bilthoven, Utrecht, The Netherlands

18 November 2021, 17:30 CET
interview by Wim van Til
poetry reading, booklaunch, Q & A, book signing
Poëziecentrum Nederland in collaboration with Boekhandel Roelants
Openbare Bibliotheek Nijmegen, Mariënburg 29, 6511 PS Nijmegen, Gelderland, The Netherlands

Spring 2022 (date, time TBA)
lecture, workshop, poetry reading, Q & A, book signing
De Drvkkerij in collaboration with Hogeschool Zeeland
Markt 51, 4331 LK Middelburg, Zeeland, The Netherlands

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