KG Hammar on Babel

A Whisper Heard in Babel

Right: Former Archbishop KG Hammar reading his poem “Hörs en Viskning i Bruset” composed during the first day of the Gothenburg Book Fair and broadcast on the Swedish TV culture programme Babel from the floor of the Book Fair. The following is my attempt at a free translation. A Whisper Heard in Babel t the high mass for the printed word the sound of the masses at the mass deafening Voices overwhelming voices Come and buy! Conserved pastimes Who has time for pastimes? Thoughts become words become print that want to be read once again to be thought Thoughts heard in whispers even in the midst of all this clamour Seek a room where the whispers can be heard can … More…