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."
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.Author City: CLEVELAND, OH USA