Monday 24 February 2020

Keld Vorup Sørensen: 'Efterår'

The below translation is from a debut collection of poetry by the Danish writer Keld Vorup Sørensen. The collection, Glemslens Territorier, appeared in 2020, published by mellemgaard.


The city above the water
distant behind its clouds
blue fish make their way
over an ultra-thin skyline

thickets of seaweed rock
on steel-grey squares
the city hall tower
zigzags over line 9

A bird dives
seizes with its claw
the morning’s
far too late

An insect walks on the water
with giant strides
across the park tree-tops
leaf-fall into water –
it’s disappearing –
now it has begun

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