Here is some slightly belated news from the world of poetry in the Netherlands; the item is quoted from the site, Poetry International:
"On 28 January, on the eve of the National Day of Poetry of the Netherlands and Flanders, it was announced that 35-year-old Ramsey Nasr had won the public vote to become Dichter des Vaderlands – the title bestowed to the Dutch equivalent of Poet Laureate. Ramsey Nasr is a poet, author, actor and director. His first collection of poems 27 Poems and No Song was published in 2000. In 2005, he was city poet for Antwerp in Belgium."
Congratulations to Mr. Nasr. Now I must track down some of his poems.
Until I read this item, I hadn't realized the word for "poet" is exactly the same in Dutch and German.