Trafika Europe Corner by Andrew Singer featuring Randi Ward

As readers have observed by now, we’re glad to be exercising this Corner space as a complement to our journal, hosting material here which stands outside our usual Trafika Europe quarterly journal fare. This month we’d like to foreground a translator as an artist in her own right.

Randi Ward from West Virginia is also an accomplished photographer, poet and lyricist. She’s lived and studied for more than half a decade in Norway, Denmark, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, speaking all these languages, and earned her MA in Cultural Studies from the University of the Faroe Islands. She is a recipient of the American-Scandinavian Foundation’s Nadia Christensen Prize, and is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. Her work has appeared in the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Asymptote, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cimarron ReviewThe Cortland Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, Vencil: Anthology of Contemporary Faroese Literature, World Literature Today, and other publications.

It’s a treat in this month’s Trafika Europe Corner to hear, read, and see her work from the Faroe Islands in three media – with two short poems that she’s written and recorded in Faroese language, then translated for us into her native English, accompanied here by a couple of her photographs. Some clear essence of this very remote island life – situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean – certainly comes through in these concentrated parcels. Visit for more of this artist’s work.

Randi Ward
Randi Ward


Í mjørkanum

Í mjørkanum hoyrist alt:

dagarnir styttast,
fjóstekjurnar rusta,
steinarnir sveitta.

Tú hugsar um hana enn.



In the Fog

In the fog, everything can be heard:

days growing shorter,
barn roofs rusting,
stones breaking a sweat.

You are still thinking of her.


Hestur by Randi Ward
Hestur by Randi Ward


Veðursjúk I

á gólvinum
millum molarnar,
vamlist av at hoyra,
hvussu køkshurðin livir,
hvørja ferð brimið brýtur,
og ein ráligur gjóstur
gongur í gongini.



Weathersick I

on the floor
among crumbs,
queasy from listening
to the kitchen door creak
each time a surge breaks
and a raw draft
sweeps the hall.


Unfolded by Randi Ward
Unfolded by Randi Ward


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