D. Nurkse

D. Nurkse’s eleventh poetry collection Love in the Last Days, a verse retelling of the Tristan and Iseult myth, is out from Knopf in New York this fall. His book Voices over Water, published by CB Editions, was shortlisted for the 2011 Forward Prize. The quotes in English that appear in this essay from Henri Michaux’s poem, “The Land of Magic,” were translated from the French by Dennis Nurkse. This essay appeared originally in Poetry London in a slightly different form.

  • A Frozen Present: D. Nurkse on the Language of Fascism and “The Land of Magic”

    This timely essay, which is also a trenchant exegesis of Henri Michaux’s unfinished poem “The Land of Magic,” witnesses to…

    Issue #114 February 2021
  • Game with a Mad Bounce

    The child and I are kicking a pebble down the road--
  • The Podium

    He is bilious, potty-mouthed, at once puffy and rachitic. He sways, eyes red and rheumy as September strawberries.
  • Letter From The Capital

    She writes: now we have wars between historical eras. We fight in time as well as space. 1914 vs. 1939 is a devastating
  • The Unmet Lover

    Once I saw you in a freight elevator