Not only grief after a loved one has passed away, but also how and to what extent one should relate to grief, is the theme of this book, which contains prose poems based on the experiences of a young protagonist when the grandparents passes away. The debutant mixes beautifully mental landscapes with the landscapes of nature: “This memory shall lose all its leaves and turn to soil.”
"Aim for the moon / even if you do not hit / you always land / among the stars."
This is the poem that the narrator's little sister puts in their grandmother's coffin, and it's also how it feels to read Norwegian Tommy Skoglund's prose poems.
“Impressive. Tommy Skoglund stands out strongly with a collection of prose poems that start where life ends. With each new reading, the admiration for the author's distinctive talent increases, where the obvious and the irrational meet in concrete descriptions and paradoxical formulations...”
“Here is an unusual number of beautiful and precise sentences. In the best poems, numbness is given a sensuous expression. These are talented poems kept in a thoughtful style...”
“The debutant writes picky and disciplined, sober and controlled, without resorting to big feelings...”
“Skoglund writes reflectively, honestly and near about death and disappearance...”
“This is not a debut that forces it's way through. The better reason to read it...”
“In this evocative poetry, questions are asked about how to displace without forgetting...”
“The debutant writes precise, sensuous and unsentimental poems about the death of his grandparents...”