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The Thirteenth Month
Inge Pedersen; Marilyn Nelson, trans.

FIELD Translation Series

Oberlin College Press
2005 • 56 pp. 5 x 7 1/2"
Poetry - European

$14.95 Paperback, 978-0-932440-36-5

Trans. from the Danish

This collection introduces Danish Poet Inge Pedersen to English-speaking audiences in beautiful translations by the distinguished American poet/translator Marilyn Nelson. Readers will appreciate the lyricism and realism of one of Europe’s finest poets.

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From the Book:


Then as now, the same whetted
light of March,
I can hear it hone
itself on the snow. With the sled’s
lurching chop against my ankles
the only thought in my head is home. And then scram,
get lost, you snotty little worms! The big
boys’ adolescent voices break
and echo, grinning like the weasel they say
hides in the sledding hill. Its gleaming gape
of bluish teeth could crush my heels
so they shatter like glass.
And like bones, like naked cartilage, then
as snow, the snow is blue.
I hear March gnawing.

INGE PEDERSEN has published four collections of poems, two volumes of short stories, and two novels. The winner of many Danish and Scandinavian fellowships and prizes, she lives in Jutland.

MARILYN NELSON has published eight collection of poems, including A Wreath for Emmett Till, and has won numerous awards and prizes. she has been Poet Laureate of Connecticut since 2000.

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