Poetry route

Thus we grow in mire *

Cycling route with war poems

The Landscapes | Feel Flanders Fields project aims to unlock the traces of WWI in the Westhoek landscape. It is an initiative of Tourism Flanders and Westtoer. Several initiatives, including the poetry cycle route, reinforce the Westhoek's war and peace story. Each poem is provided with a QR code. If you scan it, you will hear the war poems, performed by Tijmen Govaerts, the actor known from Muidhond and 1985, among others. Wim Chielens is the voice behind "De boane no Marjakerke".

The route takes the cyclist along thirteen war poems selected or written by contemporary poets: Geert Buelens, Andy Fierens, Ruth Lasters, David Van Reybrouck, Maud Vanhauwaert, Bart F.M. Droog, Alicja Gescinska, Peter Theunynck, Herman Leenders, Lieke Marsman, Astrid Lampe, Marjoleine de Vos and Max Temmerman.

The cycle route passes by or near prominent WW1 sites: Watou Churchyard, Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetery, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Exilium, the municipal cemetery Rekhof , the execution site and death cells, Nine Elms Military Cemetery, Kasteel Couthof, Kasteel De Lovie and Dozinghem Military Cemetery.

*The title of the cycle route refers to a verse from the poem "Het slijk", by Daan Boens (front soldier 14-18).
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