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Salamander Sun

Pia Tafdrup: "Salamander Sun". Poems. Bloodaxe 2015. Two books in one volume: The Migrant Bird´s Compass & Salamander Sun. Translated by David McDuff

Salamander Sun


First is joy,
  smuggled across the border
      through a narrow tunnel.
The night is over, drowned in the sea
  buried in the ground,
      thousands of years passed alone.
Smells that already existed,
  closely surround,
       horses snort in the barn.
Wake with light,
  see shadow-play on the wallpaper
       hear birds in bushes and ivy.
The grown-ups’ voices and laughter,
  a safe landing place
       on the other side of the wall.
First is the morning garden
  in sun,
       its illumination of the heart.
Apples fall in the warm grass,
  insects rise
       up from flowers’ petal depth.
First is openness,
  that soon closes,
First is trust,
  that is easily swallowed
       by galactic fear.
First is joy,
  that newborn flows
       towards the world, dreams it.
Then follows grief, then follows anger,
  then someone says:
    – Peace be with it.
Life is death that is coming,
  but first is joy.





Oversat af Jonas Rasmussen.
Ellerströms 2012

See the book at Ellerströms



Salamander Sun & Other Poems

Oversat af David McDuff.
Bloodaxe 2015.
ISBN 978-1-78037-150-4

See the book at Bloodaxe



Le Soleil de la Salamandre

Oversat af Janine Poulsen
Editions Unes
Nice 2019



Sol de Salamandra

Ya lo dijo casimiro parker
Madrid, 2019
ISBN 978 -84- 949606-3-5