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             In the end we are all loosers. The most valuable things in life can't be bought for money;
             love,  beauty,  happiness,  a  strong  family  and  good  friends.  But  there  is  no  reason  for
             making a mystery out of it, money, shares and the stock exchange belong to reality, just
             like poetry, this contradiction is part of the comedy.

             NS: I know you have been asked about Danish poetry in previous interviews. For the benefit
             of Arab readers could you give us a brief idea about contemporary Danish poetry: poetic
             trends,  new  voices,  how  Danish  poetry  converges  or  diverges  with  European  and/world
             poetry, and how Danish people receive poetry.

             Niels Hav: Denmark is a small nation, surrounded by water, we are only five million people,
             and poetry is a small branch here as everywhere. A growing trend in Danish poetry seems
             to  be  an  awaking  political  awareness  of  global  issues  as  the  postcolonial  imbalance
             between  rich  and  poor  countries,  climate  challenges  et  cetera.  Female  poets  contribute
             more  and  are  stronger  than  ever  before.  Inger  Christensen  was  a  unique  voice  of
             international quality, she died a few years ago. Her Butterfly Valley is a wonderful sonnet
             cycle  of  exquisite  depth  and  beauty.  Pia  Juul  writes  fairytale  poetry  full  of  cruelty  and
             magic,  and  Ursula  Andkjær  Olsen  juggles  with  the  language  of  crystal  clear  paradoxes.
             Another trend would be the autobiographical prose poem where the poet talks about his
             background, personal problems or family life. Sometimes it seems almost private, but it´s
             also a mirror for new generations. Through the last decades immigration has supplied our
             country with people from all parts of the world, they bring along new food and fresh ideas,
             and they enrich Danish art and literature in new ways. Something is happening.

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