Her debut Er hangt een hoge lucht boven ons There is a tall sky above us; was nominated for the C. Important within this world are men; men who are constantly coming and going.
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One could say that the volume contains a high quantity of Sex and the City style within its pages, but this comparison would be misplaced. More often than not, the humour is found in the absurd nature of a situation or in the disruptive nature of an observation. Small, everyday scenes are dissected and then screwed back together again.
There is a constant menace at work. The main character can only look at — the perhaps deceptive beauty of — the facades that float ik mis het flirten her.
She cannot go behind the house fronts, the fronts that will both reflect her voice and hide the people around her, the people that appear to have conspired against her so she will lose her compass north. In the final poem the protagonist does attain a certain sense of domesticity and happiness.
Her homecoming is something of a relief.
Yet while the inevitability of the Other is confirmed in the final verses, it seems at the same time quite a matter of course that this Other will disappear. These somewhat sadomasochistic poems in a way resemble expressionist paintings. Note, for example, the continuing play between vitality and stasis and the continuing play between horizontality and verticality.
As the column of smoke from the Bible book of Exodus perhaps? Or a whirlwind?
Undoubtedly this strong feeling for composition and the equally strong provocative nature of the poems are partly the reason why these poems are already deemed classics of the 21st century and Els Moors one of the rising stars of Flemish poetry. In Els Moors made her debut as a prose writer with Het verlangen naar een eiland Longing For An Islanda novel about love, sex and the yearning for the Other.