alphabet by Inger Christensen
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A startling and gorgeous work by Denmark's most admired poet finally available in English translation.

Awarded the American-Scandinavian PEN Translation Prize by Michael Hamburger, Susanna Nied's translation of alphabet introduces Inger Christensen's poetry to US readers for the first time. Born in 1935, Inger Christensen is Denmark's best known poet. Her award-winning alphabet is based structurally on Fibonacci's sequence (a mathematical sequence in which each number is the sum of the two previous numbers), in combination with the alphabet. The gorgeous poetry herein reflects a complex philosophical background, yet has a visionary quality, discovering the metaphysical in the simple stuff of everyday life. In alphabet, Christensen creates a framework of psalm-like forms that unfold like expanding universes, while crystallizing both the beauty and the potential for destruction that permeate our times.
 

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Inger Christensen (1935- 2009), whose work is a cornerstone of modern Scandinavian poetry, was the recipient of many international awards, among them the Nordic Authors' Prize, bestowed by the Swedish Academy and known as the "Little Nobel." Her books include the masterpiece it; alphabet; Butterfly Valley; and Light, Grass, and Letter in April. Susanna Nied's work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies. Her translation of alphabet won the 1982 ASF/PEN Translation Prize for Poetry, awarded by the American-Scandinavian Foundation and Scandinavian Review.
 
Published June 1, 1991 by Fjord Pr. 64 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Christensen makes a handsome debut with wood engravings that recall the woodcuts of fellow-Vermonter Mary Azarian (A Farmer's Alphabet, 1981, o.p.).

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oaks, elms,/ junipers, sameness, loneliness exist;/ eider ducks, spiders, and vinegar/ exist, and the future, the future."" Abstracted cold war fears and post-'70s ecological concern and alienation give way to litanies of real world outrages ""chemical ghetto guns exist/ with their old-fashioned,...

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By Sambit Bal The Test, ODI and T20I XIs of 2012, as picked by ESPNcricinfo staff Hello KP, goodbye you other lot Highs and Lows: Lots of Pietersen and SLC and plenty of fond farewells in our look at the top dogs and bottom feeders of the year gone by.

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By Sambit Bal The Test, ODI and T20I XIs of 2012, as picked by ESPNcricinfo staff Hello KP, goodbye you other lot Highs and Lows: Lots of Pietersen and SLC and plenty of fond farewells in our look at the top dogs and bottom feeders of the year gone by.

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