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Translated from the Danish by Thom Satterlee
Published: Sun Jul 1 2007
Diego Isaias Hernández Méndez, Convertiendse en Characoteles / Sorcerers Changing into Their Animal Forms (detail), 2013, oil on canvas. Arte Maya Tz’utujil Collection.
“The way the walls . . .”

Translated from the Danish by Thom Satterlee


The way the walls in this room
hold the sun’s
warmth from yesterday until
today when the sky is
covered with clouds
I imagine
words have the
same ability to
save that
first radiance within
their blue


Annemette Kure Andersen, born in Ribe, Denmark, in 1962, studied at the University of Aarhus, receiving her MA in Italian literature in 1990. Her seventh collection of poetry, Vandskel (Borgen), appeared in spring 2005.

Thom Satterlee is associate professor of English at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Some of his recent translations of Annemette Kure Andersen’s poetry have appeared in Sulphur River Review, Osiris, Black Warrior Review, The Literary Review, and Verse. (9/2007)

Thom Satterlee translated, from the Danish, The Hangman’s Lament: Poems of Henrik Nordbrandt (Green Integer, 2003) and two collections of the poet Per Aage Brandt: These Hands (HOST, 2011) and If I Were a Suicide Bomber & Other Verses (Open Letter, 2017). His individual translations have appeared in Seneca Review, Prairie Schooner, AGNIThe Literary Review, and elsewhere. (updated 10/2018)


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