Monday 17 February 2020

Keld Vorup Sørensen. 'Tonefald'

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.


Sorrow-logged klezmer landscape
in water up to its knees
under a sky
quite drained of larks

The spruce tree soars up
shakes off its clarinet notes
and shares them generously
with the wind

Patina-green heath
gasping for breath
like an accordion
with leaky bellows

Fiery gipsy fiddle
balances on the fringe of
the final Flood

A lone flute
the finale

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