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Condition (ástand)


throat constricted

head empty

hands flailing

absentminded talk

shifty eyes

acidic stomach

and inside it a knot

the size of a

dark haired man


hálsinn herptur

höfuðið tómt

hendur fálma

tal annars hugar

augun hvarflandi

maginn er súr

og í honum hnútur

á stærð við

dökkhærðan mann



by Sola Bjarnadóttir-O’Connell is a native Icelander who has lived in New York for the past 30 years.  She is pursuing a life-long interest in bringing contemporary poetry and literature to an English-speaking audience and is currently working on translating a collection of Flash fiction to be published in Iceland.  Sola is recipient of the 2013 Leif and Ingrid Sjöberg Translation Award conferred by the American Scandinavian Foundation.  She divides her time between New York City and Reykjavik.

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