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By Inger Christensen

Provided the American-Scandinavian PEN Translation Prize via Michael Hamburger, Susanna Nied's translation of alphabet introduces Inger Christensen's poetry to US readers for the 1st time. Born in 1935, Inger Christensen is Denmark's most sensible identified poet. Her award-winning alphabet is predicated structurally on Fibonacci's series (a mathematical series during which each one quantity is the sum of the 2 prior numbers), together with the alphabet. the beautiful poetry herein displays a fancy philosophical historical past, but has a visionary caliber, researching the metaphysical within the uncomplicated stuff of way of life. In alphabet, Christensen creates a framework of psalm-like varieties that spread like increasing universes, whereas crystallizing either the wonder and the potential of destruction that permeate our instances.

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I, you know, I don’t mind, you know, I live in New York City. I’m gonna be damned if fucking I walk 4 blocks... Well it’s a pilgrimage. I’m gonna be damned if I walk 4 blocks and worry about getting mugged I mean I’m in this fucking city, you know, what please. It can’t be rougher than New York, really. So I say to myself. No I haven’t in New York? No I haven’t. No no. Never. I’ve never had any trouble in this city. Yeah. I’ve never seen you anything but calm. Have you? OK, it’s possible, huh? I haven’t I haven’t seen this yet.

It’s fine. Who wouldn’t like it? On the other hand I don’t like the context. I think it’s, you know, I think it’s a really bad context and John’s like you shouldn’t have done the show. I said right. I’m I’m divided. I cause I did do the show I did say it’s OK to do the show. John says if you do the show you’ve got to do the stuff that goes with the show. He says I don’t mind if you don’t do the show if you don’t want to do it. But don’t don’t... you know, he said don’t embarrass me don’t embarrass yourself, you know, either shit or get off the pot with those things in terms of commitments for the future, you know.

Really harsh. No. The people gave us money when we came there. But of course it was worth nothing when we came here. So I just gave it I gave the whole thing to somebody. Somebody who’s who’s father was really sick. I didn’t know her but I was like take my money. Yeah. Who worked in the opera. She had no money I was like to pay for the funeral I was like here take my money. They gave us so much money. There was nothing there that I really wanted, you know, you know... I went to I went to the flea markets.

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