By Göran Sonnevi
Winner of the 2006 Nordic Council’s Literature Prize, Swedish author Göran Sonnevi is certainly some of the most very important poets operating at the present time. In Mozart’s 3rd Brain, his 13th ebook of verse, he makes an attempt “a remark on every thing” – politics, present occasions, arithmetic, love, ethics, song, philosophy, nature. throughout the impeccable ability of award-winning translator Rika Lesser, Sonnevi’s long-form poem involves lifestyles in English with the whole strength of its free, fractured, and radiating intensity.
A poetic journey de strength that darts approximately dynamically and imaginatively, Mozart’s 3rd Brain weaves an problematic net of institutions because the poet attempts to combine his inner most awareness with the area round him. via Lesser’s translation and preface, and an enlightening foreword via Rosanna Warren, readers of English will ultimately achieve entry to this masterpiece.
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Ninety two Mozart’s 3rd mind Forgive us all our lifeless Forgive us all our dwelling Forgive the entire dwelling For the lifeless there isn't any forgiveness who's it that may forgive? who's it that may be forgiven? am i able to forgive your forgiving me? Do you forgive your self ? No! we won't apportion grace For the dwelling there's no forgiveness LXXIV In what method do psychic realities stay? elements of all that vanishes Farther and farther away as though all time may be kept in a single unmarried reminiscence, one unmarried mind! This exists in feeling yet most likely nowhere else All time exists sooner or later I as soon as imagined, with out quite realizing what I intended We input the world of the irremediable, as though getting into a Hades that's continuously being born the massive ash bushes shine in entrance of the lifeless woman’s residence, quickly now not hers The sheep are within the horva alongside the shore of sunshine she rides bareback, her lengthy hair ﬂutters, the horse’s mane ﬂutters Black shale protrudes from the fault scarp within the middle phrases of sunshine, evening without notice opened Even the observe ‘‘light’’ and the observe ‘‘night’’ looked to be compromised No unmarried note excepted yet I knew that! nonetheless, turmoil comes, disorientation the grey earth opens the grey wing looks Mozart’s 3rd mind ninety three the adventure proceeds via a late-summer panorama less than the structure of clouds, up via Roslagen, past the large paper mill The previous guy makes his means downstairs, his physique emaciated, his eyes vigorous We discuss the soul The Hebrew soul, ruach, the Greek soul, psyche, approximately Freud’s Seele; in Freud the unconscious is within the soul that during Judaism and in early Christianity there's no lifestyles after this one, that resurrection may still ensue within the ﬂesh, or in cosmic recovery A neighbor is available in with a major salmon, from the ocean outdoor; an important lady with plenty of roe; Ingegärd attempts to slice the salmon yet doesn’t really deal with Then she grabs carry of its head, I reduce, hit the knife with a hammer; Karl units the slices apart, I’m scared of slicing his ﬁngers He now not feels ailing to his belly, he says, now he eats traditional meals, yet what nauseated him past completely disgusts him now, raspberries and blueberries for instance We devour a cake made up of pulped zucchini I ask if he's in soreness convinced, occasionally, he says, relocating his hand towards his part, yet I’m taking painkillers Then I force domestic, sooner than he grows too drained the 3 people stand open air the home, examine the kitchen backyard, the massive birch tree, a lightning notch in its trunk I’m in trafﬁc that will get more and more dense Birds of prey ﬂoat over the sting of the woods i think the contingency of this land The language How we are living our lives Bengt A’s voice, it uttered no longer a be aware, yet I heard in its intonation precisely what it desired to say approximately honesty approximately no longer compromising approximately last in one’s astonishment i needed to have informed him concerning the hawﬁnch chick, shaggy, with an enormous head, thick invoice How I watched it attempt to crack open a cherry stone, and that i learned 94 Mozart’s 3rd mind it was once no usual chafﬁnch simply via feeling does exactness come, I comprehend later i personally has to be the tool therefore purely sleek tools exist, whether they’re old Digging them up out of graves isn't attainable The lifeless will be lifeless simply hence do they develop into alive No new tune rises up out of graves LXXV And if the music turns into atrocious?