Asgard: ‘Warriors and Ravens’ 5/5′ The Nine Realms- Poems and Writing

11 Dec

World Tree Norse

The Nine Realms

9 months, 22 poets and writers, 22 Artists, 3 composers, 1 Viking boat: a magical reworking of Norse Mythology for contemporary audiences


Poems and Writing inspired by the Norse realm of Asgard


Karin Heyer, Kate Garrett and Mina Polen


Northern Lights

by Karin Heyer


Green magic light rushed
through the deep blue northern night,
when Odin, Allfather
stood at the roots of Yggdrasill
for the secrets of the universe,
he gives his one eye
for knowing all —

He built a throne
high up in the crown of Yggdrasill,
best of trees,
world tree,
its roots to survey all realms,
Odin recalls the creation.


fire furious fills the air
crashing ice creates,
when life-licking cow
conjures woman and man,
sun, moon and stars in one,
a dread flame of power
never-ceasing creation,
eternal wind a-blowing —


Yggdrasill still stands solid
for ever North – South,
green, yellow lights
luminous, amazing,
burning, blazing
in the sky, even now!






by Kate Garrett


i sneak, i reap

i am a trick of the light

light from a golden crop

of wheat-silk soft
& mine with one swipe
of scythe

break my fingers
break my toes
one by one by one

i provide, i scheme

i push you into motion

motion of worlds beneath

so panic – panic until
back & forth & back
the needle swings

threading this voice
you fear down into
my throat


* Based on the myth of Thor’s hammer, specifically the part where Loki steals Sif’s hair and is punished for it. The difference between physical power (Thor) and one type of mental power (Loki).




Alone and afraid

by Mina Polen


All alone
…………..smashing stones
…………..carving wood
…………..playing with gold

all alone
…………..behind a broken wall
…………..waiting for another spell


all afraid

…………..that the world might change
…………..that more giants might come

all afraid

……………and the wolf is howling
……………and the serpent is rattling
……………and they can hear the giants’ steps

all alone
all afraid.





You can read the overview of Asgard here and see more of the Asgard poems here


Find out more about Karin, Kate and Mina:

Karin Heyer

No website, as yet. Contact ArtiPeeps.

Kate Garrett

Mina Polen


Watch out for Vanaheim (the realm of the giants) poetry next week!

As always, thank you for your interest. 



2 Responses to “Asgard: ‘Warriors and Ravens’ 5/5′ The Nine Realms- Poems and Writing”

  1. Jane Dougherty January 9, 2015 at 8:33 am #

    Love this site and wish I’d found it earlier! I’m a great fan of Norse mythology and culture, dabble in it myself. Well done all of you!

    • ArtiPeeps January 9, 2015 at 11:04 am #

      Dear Jane, Thanks for stopping by and seeing what’s afoot! The new poetry inspired by the realms will be posted out right through until the end of June. I’m busy doing all the funding applications for the project as a whole now. It’s going to be great! The Vikings and I appreciate your support. All good wishes, Nicky 🙂

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