I have never been there. I have never been to Iceland or Sweden. I have never been to Denmark or Finland. I have been told that the Finnish language interconnects with the Czech. Just the briefest survey makes me believe this. A more in depth look may prove me wrong.
Tonight, though, I was having a lovely salad and hot apple cider with Mongrel Goddess Bhanu Kapil. We were at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Café. There was a lot to talk about and we were talking about it.
Then, as occasionally happens in Boulder, a young man came in with a very large meat tenderizer. Last time I was at Innisfree, we celebrated Bhanu’s new book BAN. The bookstore became a temporary butcher shop. So, a meat tenderizer, especially given that Bhanu was there, made sense. Then, a man wearing a felt beard and felt cape came in. He announced that it was Nordic poetry night. Of course.
We listened to the meat tenderizer man read a dialogue about reckoning and dwarves and naming things. Something came over Bhanu. I didn’t know if we had to leave. There were lily-white daughters and patriarchal norms. It seemed likely that we would have to leave.
But no. We didn’t have to leave. Something came over Bhanu. She quietly asked me whether Iceland came under the Nordic purview. Really, it was a guess, but I said yes. And so when the meat tenderizer was done, and the felted beard man asked for the next reader, Bhanu raised her hand. She had a Nordic Report.
Sadly, I did not video her Nordic Report. I took photos. Here’s one:
(note the felted beard man with his felted cape)
And here, briefly, is a survey of Bhanu’s Nordic Report:
Firstly, importantly, she confirmed with the felted beard man that Iceland was a valid Nordic reference. Yes. Okay. On to the report, which has three parts.
- Bhanu confessed a desire to run away with a corrupt Danish politician. You should also know that she has relatives in Copenhagen. If she manages to work something out with her corrupt Danish politician, well, then she could live in the same country as these relatives. It’s not like they’re ever going to move to the United States. Why would someone from Denmark move to the United States?
- Recently, Bhanu visited the Björk exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Very important things happened there. Spells were broken. Room was made for a corrupt Danish politician to enter her heart. This is inspiring to me. In case it is inspiring to you, please know that the exhibition is on through June 7, 2015. I’m going to pencil it in for May 16. Email me if you want to come.
- This summer, Bhanu may or may not stop in Reykjavik on her way to London. At that time, she may or may not see her old friend Ragna. I may or may not have spelled that correctly. There was a myth about London life. There were moustaches and disappointments. Bhanu had to move to Brooklyn. In an unrelated incident, so did I.
And that, dear immigrants, is how we ended up at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Café, United States.