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Light, Grass, and Letter in April

by Inger Christensen

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Despite the rigorous structure that undergirded her work – or, more likely, because of it – Ms. Christensen's style was lyrical, even playful.

New York Times

Light, Grass, and Letter in April is the first book in English to appear since the great Danish poet’s death in January 2009. Light (1962) and Grass (1963), her first published works, introduce her genius for the music of everyday speech, and her approaches to the themes she’d pursue throughout her life: the primacy of nature, the enigmatic boundaries between the self and the other, and the role of language as a mediator between human experience and reality. Letter in April (1979), Christensen’s most intimate book, examines love and loss, self and loss of self, echoing musical structures developed by the French composer Olivier Messiaen. It was written in collaboration with the Danish artist Johanne Foss, whose accompanying drawings helped to catalyze the poems. Fifteen black-and-white illustrations


Light, Grass, and Letter in April

Poetry by Inger Christensen

translated from the Portuguese by Susanna Nied
published June 27th, 2011