Other Literary Forms
Paul Willems began his literary career with novels that bear the imprint of his family chateau, the Rousseau-like retreat Missembourg. Like his mother, poet Marie Gevers, Willems celebrated intense sensory experiences that open a passage to lost paradise, a recurring theme in his work. Paradise, for Willems, resembled an Edenic garden of childhood innocence, unsullied by modern civilization and humankind’s inhumanity. He also published numerous articles and prefaces, two collections of short stories, and Un Arrière-pays: Rêveries sur la création littéraire (1989), a book of lectures on his creative process that he delivered during his year’s appointment as poetry chair at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve.