Rakel Liehu (b. 1939) has written eleven collections of poetry and two novels. In the nineteen seventies, Rakel Liehu was regarded as a rare neoromanticist who developed religious poetry in a more philosophical direction. Her collection, Kubisseja (Cubisms, 1992) was the beginning of something new: it is a violent cubistic burst towards a new expression and joy of language. The next three collections, murehtimatta ! smaragdinen (grieve not ! emerald, 1993), Readymade (1995) and Skorpionin sydän (The Scorpio’s Heart) took this line even deeper.
Brains, tenderly scooped out into the light
immersed in a mountain of salt,
now guarded by
a clay figure, spear in hand, Time?
(its rotting strength loved only by the fruit,
the tasty pyramid of its secret seeds)
body soul! game of hide and seek, waiting
(noble pile of bones)
Nefertiti’s nocturnal gazeFrom Skorpionin sydän (The Scorpion’s Heart), 1997. Translated from the Finnish by Anselm Hollo.
- Brains, tenderly scooped
- My Child My Almond Eye
- In a room with a number
- Earth’s hot womb brought to a boil
- but when the smallest crown prin…
- Runway’s shoulders?
- If everything is born out of rej…
- We were born
- Wind strikes fire from grass
- But I
- We didn’t desire to come here