alphabet

alphabet Review

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.

Title:alphabet
Edition Language:English

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  • ?Misericordia? ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ?????? ????

    This is weird. At first I though this to be a book of bullshit. Then, I managed to decipher and come to like a bit of this abecedeariousness.Still, no matter what the lazy say, usage of capital letter...

  • Jenna

    How is it possible that Danish poet Inger Christensen (1935-2009) did not win the Nobel Prize in Literature??People often use the term "world-building" when discussing fantasy novelists, e.g., J. R. R...

  • metaphor

    early fall exists; aftertaste, afterthought;seclusion […] everydetail exists; memory, memory’s light;afterglow exists; oaks, elms,junipers, sameness, loneliness exist;*branches exist, wind lifting...

  • Laura

    Inger Christensen’s poetry casts quite a spell by its mesmerizing beauty. It’s layered, one line folding into the next such that you’re taken on this journey that touches on many topics includin...

  • Sara

    I read this in brief segments over the course of a few months. The genius of this work can be found not only in the mathematically inspired composition, but in Nied's brilliant translation. Christense...

  • Holly

    From someone somewhere sometime ago I heard an emphatic recommendation of this book and so I found a copy. But I set it aside unread and more or less forgot about it. Then yesterday the cat knocked ov...

  • Alessandra

    alphabet by Inger Christensenalphabet is a hymn to the microscopic and macro: the enormous and the unfathomably insignificant; a lulling, effervescent refrain that hisses with the misty sounds of crea...

  • Marie

    I let loose a gentle, marveling "Oh, shit" as I started this book. As in, "Is she really going to...?" I only read the back cover later, detailing Christensen's use of the Fibonacci sequence as a stru...

  • Hafsa

    Read Harder 2019: 10. A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman ....

  • Lou Last

    9ice ages exist, ice ages exist,ice of polar seas, kingfishers’ ice;cicadas exist, chicory, chromiumand chrome yellow irises, or blue; oxygenespecially; ice floes of polar seas also exist,and polar ...