Goran 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 "oandlig" ...Read MoreGoran 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 "oandlig" [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 "Aby, Oland; 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 "Read Less
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Fine copy. Edited & translated from the Swedish by Rika Lesser. 9 1/4"x 6 1/8" trade pbk, illus covers, unpriced; 179 pgs w/ intro & notes; English versions followed by the Swedish; an entry in the Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation series. quotes by Robert Bly, Lawrence Joseph & Richard Howard on back cover. cover photo by Marilyn McLaren.
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