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alphabet [excerpt]

3
cicadas exist; chicory, chromium 
citrus trees; cicadas exist; 
cicadas, cedars, cypresses, the cere-
bellum

4
doves exist, dreamers, and dolls; 
killers exist, and doves, and doves; 
haze, dioxin, and days; days 
exist, days and death; and poems 
exist; poems, days, death

Credit


An excerpt from alphabet by Inger Christensen, translated by Susanna Nied. Copyright © 2000 Inger Christensen; Translation Copyright © 2000 Susanna Nied; Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corp. All rights reserved.

Author


Inger Christensen

Inger Christensen was a Danish poet, essayist, and novelist, born in Vejle, Denmark in 1935.

Date Published: 2000-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/alphabet-excerpt