Paul Snoek

Edmond André Coralie Schietekat (Sint-Niklaas, 17 December 1933- Tielt, 19 October 1981) pseudonym Paul Snoek, was a Belgian poet. He was a son of Omer William Schietekat, a textile manufacturer, and Paula Sylvia Snoeck. In 1961, he married Maria Magdalena Vereecke (Mylène), and together they had three children, a twin Jan and Paul in 1963 and in 1966 Sophie. He died in a car accident in Egem.


He went to high school at the Sint-Lievenscollege in Antwerp and the Sint-Jozef Klein Seminarie in Sint-Niklaas, where he had Anton van Wilderode as a teacher. For a while he studied law and philology at the University of Ghent. In 1955, together with Hugues C. Pernath, he founded the avant-garde journal the Gard Sivik (E: civil guard).


After his military service in Germany (1956-1957) he decided to become a fulltime artist, yet he quite soon gave up this decision. He started working in the textile factory of his father and visited several countries as a salesman. In 1963, he founded his own import - and export company of Japanese printed silk. Afterwards he became sale director in a company specialized in pile foundations. Paul Snoek became an editor of the Nieuw Vlaams Tijdschrift. In his free time he collected antiques and was an amateur motor cross rider. He was a close friend of Gaston Burssens.


  • Arkprijs van het Vrije Woord 1963.
  • Driejaarlijkse Staatsprijs voor de Vlaamse poëzie 1969 for De zwarte muze.
  • Jan Campert-prijs 1971.
  • Eugène Baie-prijs 1972.


  • Archipel (poetry, 1954)
  • Noodbrug (poetry, 1955)
  • Tussen vel en vlees (poetry, 1956)
  • Aardrijkskunde (poetry, 1956)
  • Reptielen en amfibieën (prose, 1957)
  • Ik rook een vredespijp (poetry, 1957)
  • De heilige gedichten (poetry, 1959)
  • Hercules (poetry, 1960)
  • Richelieu (poetry, 1961)
  • Soldatenbrieven (prose, together with Hugues C. Pernath)
  • Renaissance (poetry, 1963)
  • Nostradamus (poetry, 1963)
  • Op de grens van land en zee (poetry, 1964)
  • De zwarte muze (poetry, 1967)
  • Gedichten 1954-1968 (poetry, 1969)
  • Gedichten voor Maria Magdalena (poetry, 1971)
  • Gedichten (poetry, 1971)
  • Een hondsdolle tijd (prose, 1971)
  • Bultaco 250 cc (prose, 1972)
  • Kwaak- en kruipdieren (prose, republishing Reptielen en amfibieën, 1972)
  • Frankenstein, nagelaten gedichten (poetry, 1973)
  • Ik heb vannacht de liefde uitgevonden (poetry, 1973)
  • Welkom in mijn onderwereld (poetry, 1978)
  • Verzamelde gedichten (poetry, 1983)

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