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Aaro Hellaakoski
Helsinki: Otava, 1928. Octavo 19x13 cm., wrappers, 68pp. Hellaakoski (1893-1952) is considered one of Finland s greatest 20th century poets, and the present work, Ice Mirror, is acknowledged as one of his greatest works as well as the highpoint of avant-garde expression in this country. It incorporates visual poetry (calligrams) and futurist elements and most successfully in original statements. In (Hellaakoski s) use of a seemingly limitless vocabulary and meters that differed from the norm, he was a leader in finding new directions for poetry; the experimental pictorial typography of this collection, recalling Apollinaire s Calligrammes (1918)was so innovative that there was no one to continue the initiative until the poetry of the 1960s. (Schoolfield, History of Finnish Literature). This work can be viewed singularly as Finland s greatest offering in the era of experimental modernism and avant-garde. This first edition rare, with only one copy found in North American libraries. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Michael Fagan Fine Art & Rare Books [Newton, MA, U.S.A.]
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