Poetry from the Faroe Islands

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Tóroddur Poulsen (photograph by Randi Ward)

 

All

all i

can handle

is the eye

of sleep

taking me

back behind

the moon

to disavow

darkness

and the hands

i fear

when

sickness

is no longer

rank

 

Alt

alt eg

orki er

svøvnsins

eyga sum

tekur meg

aftur um

mánan

at avnokta

myrkrið

og hendurnar

sum eg

ræðist tá

sjúkan

ikki luktar

meir

 

————

 

Rift

i slice

the blue

darkness

so i know

light

exists

when it drips

down

into

the hungry

bucket

of nothingness

we call

life

 

Glotti

skeri

í tað

bláa

myrkrið

so eg veit

at ljósið

er til

tá tað dryppar

niður í

einkisins

svongu

pøs

vit nevna

lívið

 

From Fjalir (Planks), Tórshavn: Forlagið í Støplum (2013)

Tóroddur Poulsen is a pioneering Faroese poet, graphic artist, and musician. He was born in Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, in 1957. Over the course of his thirty-year career, Poulsen has published forty books and become an inimitable force in Nordic literature. He has twice received the M.A. Jacobsen Literature Award, and he was awarded the Faroe Islands’ most prestigious cultural prize, Mentanarvirðisløn Landsins, in 2012. With Fjalir (Planks, 2013), a collection of poetry and woodcut prints, Poulsen earned his sixth nomination for the Nordic Council Literature Prize.

Randi Ward is a writer, translator, lyricist, and photographer from West Virginia. She earned her MA in Cultural Studies from the University of the Faroe Islands and is a recipient of the American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Nadia Christensen Prize. Ward is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, AsymptoteBeloit Poetry Journal, Thrush Poetry Journal, Vencil: Anthology of Contemporary Faroese Literature, World Literature Today, and other publications. For more information, visit: www.randiward.com/about

 

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