Poetry. Women's Studies. Translated from the Danish by Katrine Øgaard Jensen. Winner of the 2018 National Translation Award in Poetry. With black humor and cutting logic, THIRD-MILLENNIUM HEART explores the confounding nature of power and desire, the problem of asserting a feminist alternative without recapitulating patriarchal power structures: "The goal is to weaken every trace of odor. It will cost me my victory scent." Yet Olsen's ambivalence entails an embryonic potential: uncoupled from all normative arrivals, her syntax sprouts with mutant possibility, one nimbly conveyed by translator Jensen's flexible touch. From the darkness of this "comajubilation," in a stutter-step of declarations and retractions, THIRD MILLENNIUM HEART is a work of radical re-conjuration: "Together we will beat / in the great DELTA." A co-publication with Broken Dimanche Press (Berlin).
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Ursula Andkjær Olsen (b. 1970) made her literary debut in 2000 and has since published nine collections of poetry and one novel, in addition to several dramatic texts and libretti for operas such as Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen's Solgårop, solgårned, and composer Peter Bruun's Miki Alone, which was awarded the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2008. Olsen has received numerous awards for her work, including the Danish Arts Foundation's Award of Distinction in 2017, the 2012 Montanaprisen award for Det 3. årtusindes hjerte (THIRD-MILLENNIUM HEART, Broken Dimanche Press/Action Books 2017), and the 2015 Danish Critics Prize for Literature for Udgående fartøj (OUTGOING VESSEL, Action Books 2021). Since 2019, Olsen has served as head of The Danish Academy of Creative Writing. Her latest poetry collection, Mit Smykkeskrin (MY JEWEL BOX), was nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2021.
Katrine Øgaard Jensen (b. 1988) is a poet and translator from the Danish. She is a recipient of several fellowships and awards, including the 2018 National Translation Award in Poetry for her translation of Ursula Andkjær Olsen's book-length poem, THIRD-MILLENNIUM HEART (Broken Dimanche Press/Action Books 2017). She teaches creative writing and literary translation at Columbia University, where she served as Acting Director of LTAC (Literary Translation at Columbia) from 2019-2020.