Then, when I was a poet
ORIGINAL TITLE: Då, när jag var poet
NUMBER OF PAGES: 120
AUTHOR: Niklas Rådström
ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: Albert Bonniers förlag
Twenty years after his latest poetry collection, Niklas Rådström is back with poems that swing between the deeply personal and a dialogue between the living and the dead. Then, when I was a poet is the long-awaited return to poetry by one of the most celebrated lyricists of his generation.
”Reading [Niklas Rådström] is like being in a very Swedish cathedral, sitting on one of those waiting room chairs with blue lining and admiring the everyday holiness told through his imagery. The expression swings like a pendulum from the simple to the advanced – if there even is a pendulum; more so the full range exists at the same time...........
Yes, that is how one can read Then, when I was a Poet: as a secular prayer to life, to the finite and graspable, brought on by the impending fact of death.”