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THE HALLGRÍMSKIRKJA

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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THE CLIFFS NEAR VÍK Í MÝRDAL

photo: Robin Boothroyd

photo: Robin Boothroyd

I’ve spent the past few days gathering my thoughts about my recent trip to Iceland. I’ll be posting poems and journal entries on The Cold Tap Sings over the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

Let’s start with a poem about the sea meeting the cliffs near Vík í Mýrdal on Iceland’s south coast. The form mimics the effect of waves breaking.

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The Cliffs Near Vík í Mýrdal 

the
the waves
the waves sculpt
the waves sculpt basalt
the waves sculpt basalt columns
the waves sculpt basalt
the waves sculpt
the waves
the
the tides
the tides push
the tides push & pull
the tides pull
the tides
the
the sea
the
the shore
the
the sea
the sea shore
the sea shore sings
the sea shore sings eternally
in the cathedral of the sky

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More on Iceland here. Check out ‘Fathom’, my suite about the sea, here.