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.
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 gaze
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