repeat after me:

in the three thousand one hundred and eighth copy

of the third edition of halldór laxness’s novel independent people

bjartur í sumarhúsum is called karlotta mayer


all the bus tickets in rio

all the lower lips in kirkut

all the coat hangers in basle

− when I awake all this shall be yours!


where the Plough is reflected in the soup spoon

− that is your home



when the flea and the blue whale meet in the encyclopaedia

they are the same size

when the colours vanish from the national flags

the earth begins to flutter


from all the things we learn in the sixty-eighth form by Sjón






Photo by Sandra Peterson Ramirez.