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The Migrant Bird´s Compass & Salamander Sun

Two books in one volume. Bloodaxe 2015. Translated by David McDuff

The Migrant Bird´s Compass & Salamander Sun

Pia Tafdrup: "The Migrant Bird´s Compass" in the book Salamander Sun & Other Poems. Bloodaxe 2015

THE WORDS TRAVEL (from: The Migrant Bird´s Compass)

I live in another country, but even so
don’t leave my home.
The alphabet I take with me
and the structures of the grammar
the words’ meanings and emphases.
  No matter where on the globe
I settle,
I live in the language
  I was born into.
No storm of other languages
capsizes mine.
I am I
        in my own language –
dreaming in what accidentally
became my mother tongue.
I write at home,
               write abroad,
everywhere the same:
The words have hearts of migrating birds,
dissection shows,
  they want to reach someone,
  and I live with these
bird-words, their singing and hoarse cries.


Oversættelser

English

The Migrant Bird´s Compass

The Migrant Bird´s Compass

Oversat af David McDuff i Salamander Sun & Other Poems. Bloodaxe 2015. ISBN 978-78037-150-4

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