Wednesday, March 18, 2009

the marrow

The three poems by Niels Hav that recently appeared in PRISM International (here>>) in my translations have been included in an online chapbook selection of Niels' poems entitled The Marrow (here>>). The book is part of a broader series called World Voices (here>>), edited by Walter Cummins, editor emeritus of The Literary Review (here>>), and Thomas E. Kennedy (here>>), novellist, essayist, translator, etc. Included in Niels' collection is this ace poem:


You can spend an entire life
in the company of words
not ever finding
the right one.

Just like a wretched fish
wrapped in Hungarian newspapers.
For one thing it is dead,
for another it doesn't understand

Translation P.K. Brask & Patrick Friesen
© Niels Hav

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