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

A Child Is Not a Knife

Selected Poems of Goeran Sonnevi

By: Goran Sonnevi, Rika Lesser (Editor)

Paperback Published: 14th March 1993
ISBN: 9780691015439
Number Of Pages: 218

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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" 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

Winner of the 1993 Translation Prize, American-Scandinavian Foundation

Acknowledgments
Goran Sonnevi: An Introduction
Sonnevi: A Translator's Retrospective Montage
Koster, 1973p. 3
Whose life? you askedp. 15
The hyacinthp. 17
Dyron; 1981p. 18
Summer has turned now And I gop. 21
Seeing your smilep. 23
Mourning Cloakp. 25
Words have no limitsp. 30
I said to youp. 33
The twilight of spring rainp. 37
You say I'm naivep. 38
You, who say yes top. 39
Demon colorsp. 40
For S***, 1971p. 43
There is life that / will not give upp. 45
You sense the light's fragrancep. 46
The wound bleedingp. 48
A Child Is Not a Knifep. 49
Breaking up: that large feelingp. 52
In the meadow by the shorep. 57
Incalculable: the heartp. 59
Death is no morep. 60
The narrow shaftp. 61
Fagerfjall, Tjorn, 1986; For Penttip. 62
Aby, Oland; 1982p. 64
What / do I find / thenp. 67
From the cliff at the foot of Skull Mountainp. 70
New Year's 1986p. 73
The center of unheard-of, of enormous hopesp. 75
Burge, Oja; 1989p. 79
Notesp. 87
Swedish Contents and Bibliographical Citationsp. 93
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780691015439
ISBN-10: 0691015430
Series: Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 14th March 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.31

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