THE HALLGRÍMSKIRKJA

by Robin Boothroyd

photo: dvdhaven

photo: dvdhaven

The poems I wrote in Iceland are very much inspired by its architecture and topography. Here’s one in a form that mimics Reykjavík’s Hallgrímskirkja, whose shape itself is inspired by the Icelandic terrain.

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The Hallgrímskirkja

t
the
e
spire
of the
tallest
church in
reykjavík, the
hallgrímskirkja,
is designed to echo
the basalt lava flows of the
icelandic landscape. it’s named
after hallgrímur pétursson, one of
iceland’s most celebrated devotional poets.
his passion hymns are often sung at lent accompanied by
an organ which comprises five-thousand two-hundred and seventy-five pipes.

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Read more poems about Iceland here. Read ‘Three Poems in the Form of a Cairn’ here.

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