New Translations by NER Writers: When We Leave Each Other

large_When_We_Leave-front Henrik Nordbrandt’s When We Leave Each Other has been translated by NER contributor Patrick Phillips. From the publisher: “Although most of his life has been spent abroad in countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, Henrik Nordbrandt has simultaneously and undeniably emerged, next to Inger Christensen, as one of Denmark’s very best contemporary poets. If it was Paul Celan who first claimed that poetry was ‘a message in a bottle, sent out in the—not always greatly hopeful—belief that somewhere and sometime it could wash up on land, on heartland perhaps,’ it is nevertheless Nordbrandt’s unusually intimate poems that enact this unforgettably, as well as his persistent subjects: the joys and strangeness of travel, the tragicomic absurdity of our attempts to make sense of the world, and above all, the sweetness and ache of human love. Highlighting his entire career, the poems in When We Leave Each Other include a generous selection of recent and never-before-translated work into English that is certain to establish Nordbrandt as an essential contemporary lyric poet for American readers.”

Translator Patrick Phillips contributed to New England Review most recently in issues 33.2 and 32.2.

When We Leave Each Other is available at Open Letter Books and other book sellers.