asks me
how old i am


i tell it
i’m the same age
as this morning’s darkness


but this evening
i’ll be the same age
as tomorrow’s light
and all the other goods
that have expired

spyr meg
hvussu gamal eg eri


eg svari
at eg eri javngamal
við myrkrið í morgun


men í kvøld
verði eg javngamal
við ljósið í morgin
og allar aðrar vørur
ið eru vorðnar ov gamlar

Tóroddur PoulsenTóroddur Poulsen

Tóroddur Poulsen (1957) is a Faroese poet, graphic artist, and musician from Tórshavn. Since his literary debut in Varðin, Poulsen has published nearly forty books and become an inimitable force in Nordic literature. His colorful reading style and rebellious alter ego, The Garage God, have earned him a reputation as the “Punk Poet” of the Faroe Islands. He has twice received the M.A. Jacobsen Literature Award and recently won the Faroe Islands' most prestigious cultural prize, Mentanarvirðisløn Landsins. Katrin Ottarsdóttir's film, A Line A Day Must Be Enough (2008), documents the day-to-day life of Tóroddur Poulsen as well as his complicated relationship with his native archipelago.

Translated from FaroeseFaroese by Randi WardRandi Ward

Randi Ward (1982) is a writer, translator, lyricist and photographer from West Virginia. She earned her MA in Cultural Studies from the University of the Faroe Islands in 2007. Her work has appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Beloit Poetry Journal, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Vencil: Anthology of Contemporary Faroese Literature and other publications.