Charlotte van den Broeck’s language manipulates perception, at a corner where reality deforms stories. Adopting hybrid forms, she follows rumors to create stories full of sadness and drollness. Think of the bizarre incidents that led a local swimming pool being closed all the time. Travelling from Vienna to the Rocky Mountains, Charlotte’s poetry explores the construction of femininity, the tragic life of architects, the vulnerability of public space, or the relation between work and self-destruction. If truth transcends the imagination, she would do anything for the sake of her writing subjects. You might have encountered Charlotte at a literary festival around Europe; her mesmerizing presence is an ode to the bittersweet.