About the Author

I Poets & Poetics

In Defense of Poets
My Fantastic Pen
The Poem
On His Blindness 1-3

II Love

Blind Man's Bluff
Women of Copenhagen
When I Go Blind
Show Me Your Breasts
Café Pushkin
The Soul Dance in Its Cradle

III Conclusions

Deepest Inside All
Tokyo, Encore
The Vietnamese Arises
The Conclusion
Visit from My Father
The Marrow


World Voices Home

The Literary Explorer
Writers on the Job
Books Forgotten
Thomas E. Kennedy
Walter Cummins
Web Del Sol


Grateful acknowledgments are made to Johannes Riis who first edited most of these poems with me for publication in Danish by Gyldendal – and to the translators who recreated them in English:

Martin Aitken translates poetry and fiction from a farmhouse in Denmark. His translations have appeared, or are forthcoming, in journals and periodicals such as Calque, AGNI Magazine, PRISM International and The Boston Review.

Per K. Brask is Professor of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg. He has published poetry, short stories, drama, translations and essays in books and journals. His works include Essays on Kushner's Angels (ed. Blizzard Publishing, 1995). He wrote the libretto for Michael Matthews's chamber opera, Prince Kasper, 2005.

Patrick Friesen is a poet, playwright, essayist and translator. He lives in Victoria BC. Friesen has published numerous books of poetry and has written several stage and radio plays, most recently the new book of poetry Earth's Crude Gravities with Harbour Publishing.

Jytte Loehr is an artist educated at The Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. She has worked in studios in Copenhagen, Paris, Athens and in Japan with individual- or group exhibitions every year since 1978 in Copenhagen and abroad.

Heather Spears is a Canadian writer and artist living in Denmark. She has held over 75 solo exhibitions and published 3 novels and 12 collections of poetry, most recently, I can still draw. She travels widely and has drawn in the Middle East, Europe and America and has 3 books of drawings.