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Aase Berg
Translated from the Swedish by Johannes Göransson
Published: Mon Oct 25 2021
Art: Paul TheriaultEver New (detail), 2022, acrylic and found paper on scavenged wood
The Golden Eagle

The skin is very thin
You can see the bone through it
The whole wing is a hand
The bastard wing is a finger
Bent feathers are repaired
with hot steam
Ikaros was on the right track
but in the wrong stratum of sky

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)

Johannes Göransson is the author of ten books—including Summer (Tarpaulin Sky Press, due 2022) and The New Quarantine (Inside the Castle, due 2023)—and the translator of poetry collections by Ann Jäderlund, Helena Boberg, Kim Yideum, and Eva Kristina Olsson, most recently Olsson’s The Angelgreen Sacrament (Black Square Editions, 2021). He is associate professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and, together with Joyelle McSweeney, edits Action Books. (updated 10/2021)
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