Author: Mårten Westö

Breathe out, breathe in

Issue 2/1999 | Archives online, Fiction, poetry

Poems from Nio dagar utan namn (‘Nine days without names’, Söderströms, 1998). Introduction by Bror Rönnholm

Quickly, at a zebra crossing
          not of wonder but of
 something closely related: the tree
          upturned by the gale
 with its roots to the heavens, the lit-up
          church spire against the night sky, a few
simple gravestones viewed at a
          suitable season, a quartet from the Marriage of Figaro
 or just standing at a roaring
          crossing and writing this, invisible
 to all in exhaust fumes and a faint blue
          light from a hidden sun, a few
times mistaken for a
          loved pupil  More...