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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] poe 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, �land; 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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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] poe 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, �land; 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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  1. 5 out of 5

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    I went to the Dodge Poetry Festival in 2000 as part of a college trip for my poetry class. It was rainy and miserable and full of people who say "Aaaaaaah" after a poem is read, but I did see Goran Sonnevi read and he sounded like an amazing robot,due to his Swedish accent. So I bought this collection of his poetry. And... I just read it this weekend! It is best when read very slowly. Themes include: annihiliation, power, flowers, rock clefts. There's even a really metal poem about demon faces a I went to the Dodge Poetry Festival in 2000 as part of a college trip for my poetry class. It was rainy and miserable and full of people who say "Aaaaaaah" after a poem is read, but I did see Goran Sonnevi read and he sounded like an amazing robot,due to his Swedish accent. So I bought this collection of his poetry. And... I just read it this weekend! It is best when read very slowly. Themes include: annihiliation, power, flowers, rock clefts. There's even a really metal poem about demon faces and fetal sacs. I'm glad I waited until I could handle it all.

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