Valur B. Antonsson (b. 1976) is a poet and a graduate student of philosophy. In 2005, he was awarded the prestigious “Jón úr Vör” poetry prize, and subsequently published his first book of poems, Ofurmennisþrá, with Nýhil. This year he will produce his sophomore effort, titled Eðalog. Antonsson is currently working on writing projects on a stipend from the Icelandic Government.
According to Antonsson, the poems in Eðalog are modelled on the structure of the noble gases, as defined by the periodic table of elements. “The three states of each noble gas (solid, liquid and vaporized) are depicted in three different forms (prose, a poem, and a sphere-like form imitating the scientific conception of an atom’s structure). Depicted here is the vaporized form of the last of the noble gases, Radon, in which the syllables represent the number of electrons found on each sphere.” This is pretty deep stuff, right there. HM