Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments
Finalist for the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize
The English translation of new work from a celebrated Danish poet.
Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments is a collection of poems that zooms in and out of places and states of mind, from a lit bicycle shed in the back yard to a root canal in November, from a typhoon in Hong Kong to instincts astray in various Copenhagen neigborhoods. Elegantly translated by Canadian collaborators Per Brask and Patrick Friesen, these dreamlike poems attempt, with honesty and humour, to fathom what it is to inhabit a specifically unspecific point in life—not to mention in the Universe.
…In my pocket I have
the photo of the house, I have to stop continually, put
the suitcases down, take the photo from my pocket
and compare the house in the photo with the houses
we pass. In this way seventeen years go by.
Praise for the work of Ulrikka S. Gernes
“…airy and abstract, like pinching smoke… risky and intriguing.” —The Antigonish Review
- Twilight from Denmark: Ulrikka S. Gernes’ Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments
Michael Greenstein, ARC Poetry Magazine, December 11, 2016
- Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments by Ulrikka S. Gernes (translated by Patrick Friesen and Per Brask)
Chris Doda, Humber Literary Review, Issue 3 volume 1 Spring + Summer 2016
- All night long I participate in a quiz show, wake up
Vicki Ziegler, Poem of the Week - April 17, 2016 - Griffin Poetry Prize
- Griffin Poetry Prize 2016 – Canadian Shortlist Book: Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments
Griffin Poetry Prize
- Judges’ Citation – Frayed Opus for Strings & Wind Instruments by Ulrikka Gernes, translated by Per Brask and Patrick Friesen – Griffin Poetry Prize 2016
Judges' Citation, Griffin Poetry Prize
About the Author
Ulrikka S. Gernes was born in 1965 in Sweden of Danish parents. At the age of twenty-two she moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, already a published and highly acclaimed poet. Her first collection, Natsværmer (Moth), was published in Denmark in 1984, when she was eighteen years old. Since then she has published an additional ten collections,…