I Up they soar, the planet's butterflies, pigments from the warm body of the earth, cinnabar, ochre, phosphor yellow, gold a swarm of basic elements aloft. Is this flickering of wings only a shoal of light particles, a quirk of perception? Is it the dreamed
Inger Christensen was a Danish poet, essayist, and novelist, born in Vejle, Denmark in 1935. A number of her poetry collections have been translated by Susanna Nied into English, including Azorno (New Directions, 2009), it (New Directions, 2006), Butterfly Valley: A Requiem (New Directions, 2004), and alphabet (New Directions, 2001). Light, Grass, and Letter in April, a collected translation of her first three poetry books, was published by New Directions in 2011. A posthumous collection of essays, The Condition of Secrecy, is forthcoming from New Directions in November, 2018. Christensen died in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009.