"Poetry rejoices..."

By Håkan Sandell Hakan Sandell

Translated By Bill Coyle Read the translator's notes

Poetry rejoices even if the culture dies,
over the girl with her first electric, how her high,
thin voice, amplified many times
over by the loudspeaker, is like a giant's
in the green grass of the festival site.
Over the fragile bells of digitalis, how they hide
the pistil and the pollen inside.
Rejoices over rain on the Faroe Islands,
over rendezvous on the Champs-Elysées at evening.
It rejoices over Japan, over Korea,
over arts refined over a thousand years—
the art of swordsmanship, or of drinking tea.
Rejoices over the poet, that his heart still beats.

Source: Poetry (April 2008).

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This poem originally appeared in the April 2008 issue of Poetry magazine

April 2008
 Håkan  Sandell

Biography

Håkan Sandell is the author of many books of poetry, translation, and criticism. Born in 1962 in Malmö, southern Sweden, he has lived abroad for most of his life, in Denmark, Ireland, and now Norway.

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets

POET’S REGION Scandinavia

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