A startling and gorgeous work by Denmarks most admired poet finally available in English translation.
Awarded the American-Scandinavian PEN Translation Prize by Michael Hamburger, Susanna Nieds translation of alphabet introduces Inger Christensens poetry to US readers for the first time. Born in 1935, Inger Christensen is Denmarks best known poet. Her award-winning alphabet is based structurally on Fibonaccis 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.