Pencil of Rays and Spiked Mace: Selected Poems.
Niels Lyngsø, translated by Gregory Pardlo. Bookthug, 2004.
paper • 88 pages • $12.00 • 9780973564013
Like their Danish originals, these poems “make reading happen” and are a fascinating introduction to the visionary and conceptual landscape of a truly unique poet whose work, as Stephen Cain suggests in his introduction, shares similar qualities to the poetry of some of Canada’s more daring practitioners, such as bill bissett, bpNichol, and Christian Bök.
Niels Lyngsø is the author of four collections of poetry in Danish. His newest book MORFEUS is a fascinating and striking collection of poetry and essays on poetics designed by the author as a unique book-object. Published in 2004 to much critical acclaim MORFEUS is a book with multiple layers of meaning and possible interpretations that, like Pencil of Rays and Spiked Mace, ultimately showcases its author as a unique and daring voice in European literature.