Vinkenoog, Simon

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Vinkenoog, Simon Gender: M
born on 18 July 1928 at 08:53 (= 08:53 AM )
Place Amsterdam, Netherlands, 52n22, 4e54
Timezone LST m19e53 (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Koppejan
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 25°24' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 10°18 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 05°03'

Simon Vinkenoog
photo: Tom Ordelman (Thor NL), license gfdl


Dutch poet, writer, journalist, performer and editor.

Simon was the only child of Hendrik Albert Vinkenoog and Anna Katharina van Meel. After their divorce (1934), he grew up with his mother in Amsterdam (De Pijp). He followed the MULO during the war (-1944) and worked for Publisher Querido. On 11 April 1947 he got a son Robert with Jenny Levèvere, he married his pregnant wife in 1946. They lived with his mother-in-law at Tuinbouwstraat 27, because of lack of houses and money. Within six months they divorced. Simon went back to his mother. He fled his responsibilities as a father, he wrote in his autobiography.

In September 1948 he (20) went with the 28 years old Judith Cohen to Paris. Judith had been a visitor of Krishnamurti's summer camps in Ommen before the war and Vinkenoog visited his workshops several times, the last time was in 1975 in Saanen, CH. He married Judith in 1948 and left her in the early fifties for Ferdi "Vera" Jansen who he described in "Zolang te water" (1954). In 1956 he went back to Amsterdam.

In Paris he worked for Unesco dealing with books and publications ("Special Requests Documents Officer"). At age 21 he started the literary Magazine "Blurb" (April 1950 -1 June 1951). The eight stencilled numbers contained work of experimental poets. A symbolic ninth and last number, an anthology of the first eight numbers, appeared in 1962.

His first poetry bundle was "Wondkoorts" (Wound fever, 1950), together with painter-poet Corneille he published Driehoogballade (1950). He was the editor of the anthology "Atonaal" (atonal) of the so-called Fifties poets. Besides his own poetry, it contained the work of Hans Andreus, Remco Campert, Hugo Claus, Jan G. Elburg, Jan Hanlo, Gerrit Kouwenaar, Hans Lodeizen, Lucebert, Paul Rodenko and Koos Schuur. The illustrations came from Karel Appel and Corneille.

In the late fifties and sixties Vinkenoog became a Dutch symbol of the hippy generation, idealising sex, drugs and rock "n" roll. He experimented with LSD under medical supervision since 1959 and fought for the legalization of psychedelic drugs in the Netherlands.

On 28 February 1966 Vinkenoog organized the "Poetry in Carré" manifestation, where Jules Deelder and Johnny the Self Kicker break through as performers and poets. In 1966, Ted Klautz asked him to write about LSD experiences in the esoteric magazine "Bres" (breach). He would become a regular contributor and since 1981 Vinkenoog became and editor of "Bres", together with astrologer Martin Boot and Tom Ordelman.

On his autobiographical website Webstek Simon Vinkenoog, we can read that he was fascinated by the astrology book "Astrologie anders" of Azgarde (pseudonym of Gary Goldschneider) and the work of Karen Hamaker-Zondag. But he had trouble with delving deep into the esoteric stuff. His motto was: Carpe diem" or "Lust for life".

On 19 June 2009 he lost his right leg (amputation). He tried to revalidate, but on 10 July 2009 he got a major stroke and went into coma. He died 12 July 2009 1:40 AM in the VU hospital in Amsterdam, a week before his 81th anniversary.


Vinkenoog married six women and had many more affairs. His marriages were with: Jenny Levèvere (1946), Judith Cohen (1948), Ilse Monsanto (ca. 1958), Reineke van der Linden (1964), Barbara Mohr (ca. 70/80) and Edith Ringnalda (1989-death). He got four documented children: Robert (11 April 1947), Alexander (1961), Anna-Sunya (1973) and Arthur (1978) from his official spouses.

Link to Wikipedia


  • Family : Parents divorced 1934 in Amsterdam
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 11 April 1947 in Amsterdam (Robert Vinkenoog born)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released April 1950 in Paris (literary Magazine Blurb)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1951 in Amsterdam (Atonaal)
  • Work : End Major Project 1 June 1951 in Paris (Blurb #8)
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  • Social : Change of Lifestyle September 1956 (went to Paris)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 28 February 1966 in Amsterdam ("Poetry in Carré" happening)
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  • Health : Medical procedure 19 June 2009 in Amsterdam (amputation of right leg)
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  • Health : Acute illness 10 July 2009 (cerebral accident, coma)
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  • Death by Disease 12 July 2009 at 01:40 AM in Amsterdam
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Source Notes

Kampherbeek quotes Roland Hepp archives in Circels (9:10 AM Amsterdam daylight time). Koppejan checked it (eigen opgave) and got "kort voor negen uur toen de kinderen net naar school waren" (Beeldgids van de dierenriem). Niek Scheps rectified it to 8h53.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke (atherosclerosis, chain smoker)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Fought for legalization of drugs)
  • Family : Childhood : Disadvantaged (war, poverty and divorce)
  • Family : Childhood : Only child
  • Family : Childhood : Parents divorced
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (6)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Outdoors
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (The Book of Grass)
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor (experimental poetry)