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Poetry. Bilingual Edition. Translated from the Danish by Thom Satterlee. THESE HANDS is an extraordinary bilingual poetry collection from renowned Danish poet Per Aage Brandt. The uniqueness of this work comes from the uniqueness of the person himself: unlike many other professor-poets, Brandt's academic discipline is not literature but semiotics, a field in which he has authored a dozen books and roughly two hundred and fifty articles. Many of the poems in this collection read like thought-experiments—as if the cognitive scientist made poetry his laboratory and theories his poems. But Brandt's work is also rich with humor and humanity. His poetry has a sense of playfulness and a sense of a personhood—someone behind the poem who doesn't take himself too seriously, even as he addresses profoundly serious subjects such as language, consciousness, and existence, mixing comedy with critique. In this exuberant and sharp-minded collection, Brandt re-sets the limits of language and creates a new kind of verse, prompting one Danish critic to remark that his work "bears more resemblance to a brainwave than a book of poems."
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Danish poet Per Aage Brandt was born in Buenos Aires in 1944. He received his Ph.D. from the Sorbonne, his main areas of training being Romantic Philogy, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature. He has held teaching posts at the three major Danish universities and visiting lectureships and fellowships at the Center for Advanced Behavioral Studies in the Behavioral Sciences Stanford, University of Bologna, University of Rosario (Argentina), École des Hautes Études, and Collège International de Philosophie, Paris. In 2002, he was awarded the Grand Prix de Philosophie by l'Académie fran‡aise and was made Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. He is currently Professor of Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University. He has published close to thirty volumes of poetry while also publishing extensively in the fields of semiotics, linguistics, poetics, literary criticism, and aesthetics. Brandt is also active as a jazz pianist.Review:
The chronology is reversed, and you won't know the poem's title till after you reach the last line. These Hands may turn you upside down, but as surely as one of Brandt's cats, you'll land upright. Smart, impish, and spare, Per Aage Brandt finds the physical in the metaphysical, and the fizz in the physiological. Deftly translated from the Danish by Thom Satterlee. --John DuVal
This book doubles a reader's delight. Not only do we get Per Aage Brandt's witty, compact, and unerring poems, brisk riffs on experience, consciousness, and the world around us; we also get, across each page, Thom Satterlee's English versions of them, nimbly accomplished, true to the originals, and extremely creative in their own right. Rereading, left-right, left-right, left-right, is not a duty or a puzzlement; it's a steady compounding of insight and pleasure. --David Young
The chronology is reversed, and you won't know the poem's title till after you reach the last line. These Hands may turn you upside down, but as surely as one of Brandt's cats, you'll land upright. Smart, impish, and spare, Per Aage Brandt finds the physical in the metaphysical, and the fizz in the physiological. Deftly translated from the Danish by Thom Satterlee. --Joanna Trzeciak
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