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“A stork has stabbed holes”

by Annemette Kure Andersen

translated from the Danish by Thom Satterlee

A stork has stabbed holes
in the sky with its beak and let
the sun trickle down
it falls through
the venetian blinds like copper
ribbons that rest
on my hands
in shreds


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)

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