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Poem of the Week, week 10: Olav H. Hauge "The river-girl"

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On bright spring nights
when the sap is rising
in the birches
she tosses her hair
and sings
and dances before the mountain.
Now her game is over,
with white arms she hugs
the iron grey cliff
in a long
sighing ice-kiss.

Olav H. Hauge (1908-1994)

Translated by Robin Fulton

From Olav H. Hauge, Don´t Give Me The Whole Truth, Selected Poems, translated by Robin Fulton and James Greene with Siv Hennum, Anvil Press Poetry, London, 1985, p. 22.

Read more about Hauge and his perhaps most well-know poem “It Is That Dream” here

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Norway as Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse

Norway was Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019. Please visit our website for information about the project.

Frankfurt 2019