[the guideman would want to turn back]
the guideman would want to turn backshe would say it is doablethen swim her horse across coursing river and part ways with them a polar bear would walk ashore and stories go roundabout many more seen out on the ice some said twelveno sense going on overnightunless accompanied by armed men she waved her hand shooed them off then was gone [vildi fylgdarmaður frá hverfa]vildi fylgdarmaður frá hverfasagði hún það færtsíðan sundreið hún fjótið og skildi þar með þeim gengi ísbjörn á land og sögur á kreikiað margir feiri hefðu sést úti á ísnum nefndu sumir tólfekkert vit í að halda áfram yfr nóttinanema í fylgd með vopnuðum mönnum veifaði hún hendinni bandaði frá sér var síðan horfn
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Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir is a poet and historian in Reykjavík, Iceland. Her fourth book of poetry, Hetjusögur (2020), was awarded the Icelandic Women´s Prize for Literature. Her monograph on the history of pornography in Iceland, Stund klámsins, was awarded the prestigious Hagthenkir Award for non-fiction. Her co-authored book on the history of women voters in Iceland, Konur sem kjósa, was nominated for the Icelandic Literary Award and awarded the Women’s Prize for Literature.
K.B. Thors is the author of Vulgar Mechanics (Coach House Books, 2019). Her poems and essays have appeared across the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Iceland. Her translation of Kristín Svava Tómasdóttir’s Stormwarning (Phoneme, 2018) won the American Scandinavian Foundation’s Leif & Inger Sjöberg Prize and was nominated for the 2019 PEN Literary Award for Poetry in Translation. Her translation of Tómasdóttir’s Herostories is forthcoming from Deep Vellum in 2023.
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