19 poets, 22 Artists, 3 musicians and a Viking Boat
The Nine Realms
9 months, 19 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 Nidavellir (The Realm of the Dwarves)
Joanna Lee, John Mansell, Nat Hall
the secret and impalpable things of the world
by Joanna Lee
strength has no purchase here,
in the dark places
where ribbons of the secret
and impalpable things of the world
are forged from stony,
to catch a moon-
by the heart, the chain.
he would slay the best of them,
she said, so slaver-
dripped fingers fish
for breath of cat moving,
the noise of mountain roots.
even a god will lose a hand
to feed a wolf
and bind him.
by John Mansell
Sombre snarled in nascent clutch
the maggot-born unbound
from mire of decaying Ymir.
In sunless dwelling of slate hue wrath
Sindri’s bloodline wrought in nanistic voracity
the skilled gems and emblems of gods.
Moon-wane fields that emptied to the shuddering north.
The clout of smiths in melanic retreat,
to swirl to solid mist the aureate seal of their fame.
In red-gold sanctum magic Hreidmar wrecked in wealth
the family bonds to scream in shame his daughter’s names
as sanguine blade slept through his flesh.
Three chains that snapped, one in death,
unbridled Fafnir, serpent spawn slithered the morose realm.
His rancid pause of poison like lava.
And Regin fearful shied to shameless oblivion.
It is a dire place this home of dwarves,
this land of shade and patricide.
There had been valour here, the lofty battle flags unwrapped.
Their unfurling now a memory
of dust chastened in the quietening mines.
The Open One
by Nat Hall
They wanted to tame prophecies,
son of Loki,
Inside a troll’s skin;
feared by most gods,
shackled by silk
dark dwellings –
out of mere six impossibles:
a faint sound of feline footfall,
a woman’s beard,
a mountain’s roots,
a bear’s sinews,
breath of a fish
Gleipnir, the open one,
will resist him.
© Nat Hall 2015
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