In December 2009, I read some texts which Louis Marshall Gould had published on the Swedish literary web site poeter.se. I decided to cooperate with Louis to create a book of them. Many e-mails went back and forth, a concept was created, and it took some time – as it always does. It lasted over a year before we indeed met in person for the first time in wintry Stockholm. There were cakes (»semlor«) from Droppens Konditori, Sundbyberg, Ernest came by for coffee and Izzy as well as some other friends telephoned during our work on the book: Lou’s stories suddenly came alive.
This book is now the kaleidoscope of someone who has gone down a well-travelled path in the opposite direction: For Louis Marshall Gould, the country in northern Europe became that New World which America was for generations of Swedish emigrants.
The reader encounters three important traditions in these texts. Lou highlights the tradition of the songs, which have been handed down over the course of many generations, and tells them with bravour. The tradition of the beat follows texts which remind one of Kerouac, Dylan and Ginsberg. And – from a certain perspective – the Jewish tradition which is expressed in homelessness and the related search for a homeland is revealed in the trilogy of arrival, initiation and transformation. In the poems and songs, it becomes clear that, in general, we all must learn again and again that one’s homeland is not here or there, that one’s homeland also can’t be found among the muses (or one’s other ego) – but rather solely deep in the interior of our own selves.
Gould shows courage as he candidly tells of innocence, trust and victory, of desire, loss and waiting which are unending. Experiences, family, friends and muses, but also random encounters are presented before the backdrop of history and powerful poetry:
»Meanwhile, I place my
trust in a Heaven
full of divine grace
and Icelandic ponies«
Louis Marshall Gould
René Märtin, Stockholm/Osnabrück, Springtime 2011
Coming out soon: »The Virgin Chronicles And Song Book«, Louis Marshall Gould. 392 pages, paperback, 148 x 210 mm, 254 SEK. Stockholm. ISBN 978-91-7463-355-9. Website: www.louismarshallgould.de
»The first thing that I noticed about Lou«s poetry is that it has the flow and rhythm of a great jazz improvisation … and he«s pretty cool too.«
Bertil Strandberg, Swedish Jazz Great
»It«s as if you summarize an entire life, no many lives, and we can steal a glance between these walls and doors.«
Melona, Artist from Gothenburg
»Lou writes directly, shooting from the hip, while landing on the target all the time. He deals with the difficulty of simple words, filled with truth about our lives.«
Izzy Young, Folklore and Music Legend
Edited by René Märtin and Ann Nehlin