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Alphabet

by Christensen, Inger

  • ISBN: 9781852243104
  • ISBN10: 1852243104

Alphabet

by Christensen, Inger

  • List Price: $16.95
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd
  • Publish date: 12/01/1999
  • ISBN: 9781852243104
  • ISBN10: 1852243104
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Description: Inger Christensen is one of Denmark's best-known poets. Her poetry reflects a complex philosophical background, yet it has enjoyed wide public popularity. Many of her poems have a visionary quality, yet she is a paradoxically down-to-earth visionary, focusing on the simple stuff of everyday life and in it discovering the metaphysical, as if by chance.

In alphabet, Christensen creates a framework of psalm-like forms that unfold like expanding universes, crystallizing into words both the beauty and the potential for destruction that permeate our world and our times. In this collection, she has created a system by combining the alphabet with Fibonnaci's numeric sequence, in which each number is equal to the sum of the two preceding numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc. alphabet is about the relationship between people and nature and, like it, is itself a form of creation. With the word exist as the pivot, the poems move -- from the first wondering confirmation, apricot trees exist -- out into the world to life and death, the planet and calamity.

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