A vast sand-burned dusty plateau where all the wildebeests are flocked together but at the same time are completely cut off from one another because they can’t see each other and sometimes one of them will get a parasitic worm in its head, which causes it to run around in a state of tightening horror. That’s what all the nature programs were about in the 1970s. This foreshadowed the bioluminescent death.
Aase Berg has published twelve books of poetry and prose. The most recent to appear in English are Hackers (Black Ocean, 2017) and Dark Matter (Black Ocean, 2013), both translated by Johannes Göransson. Berg has received, among other honors, the NC Kaserpreis (Germany) and Aftonbladet’s annual book prize. The poems in AGNI 94 are from her next collection, Aase’s Death, still forthcoming in her native Sweden. (updated 10/2021)