A Child Is Not a Knife: Selected Poems of Goran Sonnevi

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"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: ...

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Overview

"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

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Winner of the 1993 Translation Prize, American-Scandinavian Foundation
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Goran Sonnevi: An Introduction
Sonnevi: A Translator's Retrospective Montage
Koster, 1973 3
Whose life? you asked 15
the hyacinth 17
Dyron; 1981 18
Summer has turned now And I go 21
Seeing your smile 23
Mourning Cloak 25
Words have no limits 30
I said to you 33
The twilight of spring rain 37
You say I'm naive 38
You, who say yes to 39
Demon colors 40
For S***, 1971 43
There is life that / will not give up 45
You sense the light's fragrance 46
The wound bleeding 48
A Child Is Not a Knife 49
Breaking up: that large feeling 52
in the meadow by the shore 57
Incalculable: the heart 59
Death is no more 60
The narrow shaft 61
Fagerfjall, Tjorn, 1986; For Pentti 62
Aby, Oland; 1982 64
what / do I find / then 67
From the cliff at the foot of Skull Mountain 70
New Year's 1986 73
The center of unheard-of, of enormous hopes 75
Burge, Oja; 1989 79
Notes 87
Swedish Contents and Bibliographical Citations 93
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