DPF / Ekelöf

For the Swedish poets, from A Star by My Head, poems translated by Malena Mörling and Jonas Ellerström.

from Poetics / by Gunnar Ekelöf

What I have written
is written between the lines

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DPF / Ekelöf

For the moon and the sun, from The Star By My Head.

from Sung / by Gunnar Ekelöf, translated by Malena Mörling and Jonas Ellerström

The night tonight is a starry clear one.
The air is clean and cold.
The moon is searching in all things
for its lost inheritance.

DPF / Öijer

For a belated day and what we would say to our younger selves if we could, from The Star By My Head. 

from Hold Him There / by Bruno K. Öijer, translated by Malena Mörling and Jonas Ellerström

without thinking
I had phoned my childhood
listened to the dial tone that went through
and when my mom answered
I asked to speak to myself
after a long while
a seven year old boy took the receiver
and his voice pierced my heart

DPF / Aspenström

For undecipherable lilacs, from The Star by My Head.

from You Have to Practice Reality / by Werner Aspenström, translated by Malena Mörling and Jonas Ellerström

When your sister comes to visit
you often talk of lilacs
as if lilacs were an extinct species
and did not bloom new each June
in halls of mild honey and the songs of thrushes.