Henrik Nordbrandt

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (11/10/2018 4:09:00 AM)

    Henrik Nordbrandt was born (21 March 1945) in Frederiksberg, a Copenhagen suburb. He studied Chinese, Turkish and Arabic at the University of Copenhagen, but ever since his debut in 1966 he has worked as a poet, novelist and essayist. Although a Danish, he has spent much of his life in Mediterranean countries such as Greece, Turkey and Spain, and this is said to have had an influence on his writing.

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (11/10/2018 4:08:00 AM)

    He was awarded the Nordic Council's Literature Prize in 2000 for the poetry collection' 'Drømmebroer' ('Dream Bridges') . In 'Pjaltefisk' ('Seadragon',2005) he experiments with sonnet and haiku forms. Alongside numerous collections of poetry, he has also published crime fiction, children's books and even a Turkish cookery book.

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Best Poem of Henrik Nordbrandt


After having loved we lie close together
and at the same time with distance between us
like two sailing ships that enjoy so intensely
their own lines in the dark water they divide
that their hulls
are almost splitting from sheer delight
while racing, out in the blue
under sails which the night wind fills
with flower-scented air and moonlight
- without one of them ever trying
to outsail the other
and without the distance between them
lessening or growing at all.

But there are other nights, where we drift
like two brightly illuminated luxury ...

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