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

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

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A Child Is Not a Knife: Selected Poems of Goran Sonnevi by Goran 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, Tland; 1982"We are here in the ultimate lives of our bodiesnegations of the ultimate negationWe are complete parts of the worldWe rise up out of infinitylike the limestone flats from the seaLike the starsWe are denials of infinityOne day we shall reach all the way thereG"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, Tland; 1982"We are here in the ultimate lives of our bodiesnegations of the ultimate negationWe are complete parts of the worldWe rise up out of infinitylike the limestone flats from the seaLike the starsWe are denials of infinityOne day we shall reach all the way there

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691069838
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 02/01/1993
Series: Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation Series
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

About the Author

Göran Sonnevi has written twelve books of poems and assembled and revised collections of his poems (most of which are in print in Sweden in mass-market paperback editions). Rika Lesser is a poet and has translated numerous works of poetry, including a selection of the poems of Rilke, Rilke: Between Roots (Princeton). For a group of poems from A Child Is Not a Knife, she received the Poetry Society of America's George Bogin Memorial Award in 1992 and the American Scandinavian Foundation's

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