Pia Tafdrup was born in 1952 in Copenhagen. She has published over 20 books in Danish since her first collection appeared in 1981, and her work has been translated into many languages. Her fourth collection, Spring Tide, was published in English by Forest in 1989. In 1991 she published a celebrated statement of her poetics, Walking Over Water. She received the 1999 Nordic Council Literature Prize – Scandinavia’s most prestigious literary award – for Queen's Gate, which was published in David McDuff’s English translation by Bloodaxe in 2001. Also in 2001, she was appointed a Knight of the Order of Dannebrog, and in 2006 she received the Nordic Prize from the Swedish Academy. The latest work of hers to be translated into English is Salamander Sun and other poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2015), combining two recent books, The Migrant Bird’s Compass and Salamander Sun, which comprise the third and fourth parts of a quartet written over ten years: the first two parts are The Whales in Paris (2002) and Tarkovsky’s Horses (2006), published in English by Bloodaxe in 2010 as Tarkovsky’s Horses and other poems. All her Bloodaxe titles are translated by David McDuff.
Books by Pia Tafdrup