Risto Ahti Narcissus in Winter

ISBN 13: 9781873918081

Narcissus in Winter

9781873918081: Narcissus in Winter

Finnish poet Risto Ahti's tenth collection, translated by the award-winning Poet-translator Herbert Lomas. According to Lomas, "His work can, at times, become a paradoxical concatenation of aphorisms and apparent nonsequiturs-designed to liberate through lateral shock. He shows us, by showing himself, the foolishness of his and our ways. If at times he seems a little cocksure, seeming to be getting at us, it's because he's getting at himself."

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"21. Reality":

Unfamiliarity besets me. I was just
praising the curse of familiarity-

and now I look in a rucksack
and madness floods into my eyes.

I was bending to reeach my goal
by toiling against time, I said,

I was yanking the future in, when
reality finally burst round the corner:

I let go, fled, then gasped piously,
'We'll renounce the fruits of our labours!'

In a time-padded cell I grab
the asylum director by the coat-tails:

I beg, I beseech him for some
reality: 'A crumb, at least!'

If he's well-disposed
he pulls out a whip.

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