Waitress in Fall

Kristin Ómarsdóttir


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Partus Press
1 November 2020
ISBN: 9781913196042

From the publisher

Translated by Vala Thorodds

∙ A Sunday Times poetry book of the year
∙ A White Review poetry book of the year
∙ A World Literature Today ‘Nota Benes’ selection

For over three decades, Kristín Ómarsdóttir’s poetry has thrived in the vanguard of Icelandic literature. Waitress in Fall offers anglophone readers the first substantial introduction to her poems, selected and translated by Vala Thorodds.

Kristín’s work delights in the lush mess of actual life – its hands and fingers, socks, sweat and crockery. At the heart of the work is a domesticity tinged with threat, where images of placid housewifery confront a wildness pulsing below the surface, a womanhood at once natural and supernatural.

‘subtle, innovative and extremely accessible’ – Guardian
‘A bracing, beautiful book. Kristín excels at creating pleasurable tension. These poems are like “ice-cold milk”, pure yet animal; invigorating to consume.’ – Clare Pollard
Waitress in Fall does it all. Kristín’s poems are gigantically passionate, macabre, timely, glorious, and real.’ – Eileen Myles