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A Child Is Not a Knife: Selected Poems of G Ran Sonnevi (Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation)

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Göran 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 oändlig [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 "Åby, Öland; 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

Synopsis:

"Göran Sonnevi's presence in Swedish poetry of this century is a powerful one. He holds to creatures such as birds and worms and to the patterns of politics with the same passion. He won't turn his eyes away from the delights of sensual married life or the horror of capitalism. At his best, he is a sensuous, ethical poet, a surprising union. Rika Lesser's translations are skillful and true."--Robert Bly

"Through the power of Rika Lesser's brilliant translations, Göran Sonnevi's poetry is shown to be what it is: the work of one of the world's major poets."--Lawrence Joseph

Synopsis:

Göran 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 oändlig [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 "Åby, Öland; 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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Goran Sonnevi: An Introduction
Sonnevi: A Translator's Retrospective Montage
Koster, 19733
Whose life? you asked15
the hyacinth17
Dyron; 198118
Summer has turned now And I go21
Seeing your smile23
Mourning Cloak25
Words have no limits30
I said to you33
The twilight of spring rain37
You say I'm naive38
You, who say yes to39
Demon colors40
For S***, 197143
There is life that / will not give up45
You sense the light's fragrance46
The wound bleeding48
A Child Is Not a Knife49
Breaking up: that large feeling52
in the meadow by the shore57
Incalculable: the heart59
Death is no more60
The narrow shaft61
Fagerfjall, Tjorn, 1986; For Pentti62
Aby, Oland; 198264
what / do I find / then67
From the cliff at the foot of Skull Mountain70
New Year's 198673
The center of unheard-of, of enormous hopes75
Burge, Oja; 198979
Notes87
Swedish Contents and Bibliographical Citations93

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691015439
Editor:
Lesser, Rika
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Editor:
Lesser, Rika
Author:
Sonnevi, Goran
Author:
Lesser, Rika
Author:
Sonnevi, Gran And Rika Lesser Ed
Author:
Sonnevi, Gran
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Sonnevi, Goran
Subject:
Single Author - Continental European
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Sonnevi, G'oran - Translations into English
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation
Series Volume:
#9130 [i.e. 9131]
Publication Date:
February 1993
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
218
Dimensions:
9.21x6.14x.52 in. .68 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "Göran Sonnevi's presence in Swedish poetry of this century is a powerful one. He holds to creatures such as birds and worms and to the patterns of politics with the same passion. He won't turn his eyes away from the delights of sensual married life or the horror of capitalism. At his best, he is a sensuous, ethical poet, a surprising union. Rika Lesser's translations are skillful and true."--Robert Bly

"Through the power of Rika Lesser's brilliant translations, Göran Sonnevi's poetry is shown to be what it is: the work of one of the world's major poets."--Lawrence Joseph

"Synopsis" by , Göran 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 oändlig [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 "Åby, Öland; 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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