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The Scent of Your Shadow

By Kristiina Ehin

Translated by Ilmar Lehtpere

Series 3 No.15 - Poetry and the State

Review by Saradha Soobrayen

Estonian poet Kristiina Ehin’s The Scent of Your Shadow is one of the ‘Visible Poets’ series from Arc. The poems are selected from a collection written after the birth of her child, Emapuhkus (2009), and made a resounding impact on the bilingual Estonian translator Ilmar Lehtpere who claims ‘to have begun to understand what it means to be a woman, to b...

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Translated by Sylva Fischerová and Stuart Friebert

Bloodaxe Books, ISBN 978-1-85224-859-8

 Greetings from an upright world where all our uncertainties are turned inside out by a poet who writes like ‘a telescope crossed with a kaleidoscope’. All sorts of characters reside here: there’s a woman from the ‘Underworld City’ who ‘breeds little rodents in her ear’ for the ‘amusement of the rich’. God exists, and so does the Worm who believes in him; but then there’s another worm... Language, Time, Death and the Devil live next door to Lazarus and Nietzsche; they all play chess in the town square, but the pieces have been reconfigured. Wish you were here, although you probably already are… Karen X

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