TOMAS MIKAEL BÄCK
KJELL WESTÖ (ANDERS HED)
RAKEL LIEHU (b. 1939) has written twelve collections of poetry and three 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.
(like water colours, smudged)
They are approaching, approaching
but I don't, I don't any longer -
what am I
if not some sentence?
Down metallic stairs in metallic fashion,
the devourer does expose us
This is my city,
chattering loaf of bread
out there the Ferris wheel of stars
presses his lips unsparingly on mine
this is the famous
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...
If everything is born out of rej...
We were born
Wind strikes fire from grass
We didn’t desire to come here