A Child is Not a Knife: Selected Poems of Göran Sonnevi

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Princeton University Press, 1993 - Poetry - 179 pages
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G ran Sonnevi is one of Sweden's most celebrated, respected, and prolific poets. For this first book-length selection of Sonnevi to appear in English, Rika Lesser has chosen works written between 1971 and 1989--although most of the poems come from the last decade and from Sonnevi's last three books, which form part of the single o ndlig [unending/infinite/interminable] poem that he continues to write from book to book. Of Lesser's introduction to the work, Richard Howard writes, "Lesser's wonderful prose texts at the outset provide not only an ingress into complex and baffling matter but one of the most determined statements of the translator's text since Walter Benjamin."

From " by, land; 1982"

We are here in the ultimate lives of our bodies

negations of the ultimate negation

We are complete parts of the world

We rise up out of infinity

like the limestone flats from the sea Like the stars

We are denials of infinity

One day we shall reach all the way there


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Roster 1973
Whose life? you asked
Summer has turned now And I go
Words have no limits
The twilight of spring rain
You who say yes to
There is life that will not give up
that large feeling
the heart
what do I find then
New Years 1986
Burge Oja 1989
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About the author (1993)

Goran Sonnevi (3 de Octubre de 1939) Poeta y traductor sueco. Ganador del Premio Nordico de la Academia Sueca (conocido como el "Pequeno Nobel") en el 2005 y del Premio de Literatura del Consejo Nordico en el 2006 por su antologia "Oceanen" de donde se desprenden los poemas incluidos en este libro. Ha estudiado literatura y lenguaje en la Universidad de Lund. La tematica abordada en los versos de Sonnevi suele ser de naturaleza contemporanea y de relevancia politica y actual, como las guerras de Vietnam e Iraq, la Globalizacion, la migracion, entre otros temas. Sonnevi trata con gran profundidad y sabiduria estos asuntos en su poesia. Sonnevi es uno de los poetas mas apreciados y valorados en Suecia y su trabajo ha sido traducido y editado en varios idiomas. Actualmente vive en Jarfalla, en las afueras de Estocolmo.

Rika Lesser is widely known for her prize-winning translation of poetry: Guide to the Underworld by Gunnar Ekelof, Rilke: Between Roots, and A Child Is Not a Knife: Selected Poems of Goran Sonnevi.

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