Ursula Andkjær Olsen’s Trilogy. Translated by Katrine Øgaard Jensen.
With My Jewel Box (Mit smykkeskrin), prize-winning poet Ursula Andkjær Olsen completes her visionary trilogy—a “fairy tale of the universe” investigating grief, bodies, motherhood, and the physical and economic inequities of modern planetary life. Rendered into English by the award-winning translator Katrine Øgaard Jensen, the trilogy begins with Third-Millennium Heart (Det 3. Årtusindes hjerte), a volume proposing a new understanding of the maternal body via orientation outwards to the cosmos at large. Olsen’s second book—a “mirror-poem” called Outgoing Vessel (Udgående Fartøj)—re-thinks grief as a radical hardness, re-training lyric interiority through machine experimentations and technoscientific Google Translate mutations. With My Jewel Box, Olsen mounts a cosmically human (and non-human) re-approach to a grief-stricken earth, a place of all times entangled. All three volumes are available from Action Books.