Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7

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Preface

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pp. 8-13

These days when many of our poets exhibit a sameness in tone and subject matter from poem to poem, it is refreshing to encounter a writer with as many facets as Benny Andersen. His voice ranges from the...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 14-15

Thanks are due to the following magazines in which some of these translations first appeared: Contemporary Literature in Translation...

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Biographical Note

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pp. 16-17

Benny Andersen was born in 1929 in Copenhagen. After graduating from secondary school, he went to work for an advertising agency while furthering his education in evening school. He had private musical training as a youth...

A Note on the Translations

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pp. 18-19

Contents

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pp. 20-20

from "The Musical Eel"

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pp. 20-25

Rural Station

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pp. 26-27

Analysis

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pp. 28-28

The Forgotten Son

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pp. 29-30

Morning Prayer

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pp. 31-31

Winter Prayer

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pp. 32-32

Table Prayer

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pp. 33-33

Skeptical Prayer

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pp. 34-34

Tenderness

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pp. 35-35

Obituary

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pp. 36-36

Headliner

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pp. 37-37

Widescreen

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pp. 38-38

Photographs

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pp. 39-39

Sleepless Hours in the Summer House

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pp. 40-40

The Musical Eel

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pp. 41-41

The Critical Frog

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pp. 42-42

from "The Inner Bowler Hat"

Goodness

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pp. 43-44

Friendship

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pp. 45-46

Slug-a-bed

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pp. 47-48

Happiness

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pp. 49-49

It's High Time

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pp. 50-51

Smile

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pp. 52-53

Memories

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pp. 54-54

from "Camera With Kitchen Privileges"

Charity Concert

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pp. 55-55

Relaxation

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pp. 56-56

Jelly Fish

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pp. 57-57

High and Dry

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pp. 58-58

In the Bar

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pp. 59-59

Autonomous

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pp. 60-60

Optimist

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pp. 61-61

from "Portrait Gallery"

This Is

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pp. 62-63

Certain Days

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pp. 64-65

Μ.

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pp. 66-66

The Pampered Mermaid

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pp. 67-67

The Hanged Informer

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pp. 68-68

The Persistent Worshipper

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pp. 69-69

from "The Last Er"

Experiences

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pp. 70-71

Just to Be Sure

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pp. 72-72

Dear Enemies

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pp. 73-73

Dear Friends

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pp. 74-74

Alcoholism

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pp. 75-75

Generation Gap

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pp. 76-76

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Earthworm

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pp. 77-77

...know your place and if you dare show yourself here on the surface ...

This Uncertainty

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pp. 78-78

Between Us

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pp. 79-79

Your Dress Without You

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pp. 80-82

The Last Er

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pp. 83-83

from "Here on the Reserve"

All This

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pp. 84-84

Love Declaration

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pp. 85-85

Love Declaration(man to woman)

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pp. 86-86

Now It's Said

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pp. 87-88

Time

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pp. 89-90

from "Personal Papers"

Life is Narrow and High

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pp. 91-91

Sabina

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pp. 92-93

Melancholy

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pp. 94-94

A Hole in the Earth

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pp. 95-97