A Child is Not a Knife: Selected Poems of Göran Sonnevi
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
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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
what do I find then
New Years 1986
Burge Oja 1989
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