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Poem of the Week, week 36: Øyvind Berg "(Believe We Are Planted With a Purpose"

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Enjoy a weekly poem by authors from Norway, throughout the year.


We pose like lilies while lawn after lawn gets rinsed in sun-
shine. The passerby curtsies, back held straight and tears
some pretty thing. There shall be life! Cold meat on the
table, true soul in a stew, heavy wine and the marriage of
light and dark.

Øyvind Berg

Translated by Anthony Barnett in Øyvind Berg, Totschweigetaktiken, Allardyce, Barnett Publishers, Lewes, 1991, p. 30.

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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