With the collection 'Als je een meisje bent' [If you are a girl], writer and video maker Maartje Smits made her debut as a poet. Her work was received by the press as 'very successful' (Literair Nederland) and 'convincing' (De Poëziekrant) with 'original associations (...) surprising connections' (Awater), and De Groene Amsterdammer characterised her poems as 'light-footed and witty'.
Whereas in her debut she attempts to capture the process of growing up, in her new collection Smits makes man's uneasy attitude towards nature the theme of her poetry. Now that climate change can no longer be denied, we have to relate to nature anew. Nature does not stay neatly within the lines, but storms into our villages and cities. Whales take a wrong turn and run aground on Texel, bees wake up too early from their winter sleep, mountains melt and water levels rise. In text and images, Smits takes us past ecoducts,
In text and images, Smits takes us past ecoducts, weather alerts, the rainwater duty of care, the Protocol on Stranding Large Living Whales, salmon cannons and oyster girls.