Monday, May 23, 2011

alphabet by Inger Christensen


New Directions, 2000.This is an amazing book, both as an exemplar of translation (Susanna Nied) and as a work of art. Christensen uses the alphabet and the Fibonacci sequence as a constraint. The poems build on each other in size and intensity, and the effect is lovely -- a poet in love with the world and fearful of its destruction.

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