Stockholm, Sweden: Rabén & Sjögren, 1964. Softcover in red wraps. Perfect bound, offset printed. 33 pp. 8vo. Item #4830
Åke Hodell (b. 1919 – d. 2000) was a concrete poet and composer of 1960’s Sweden working among experimental writers and visual artists. Hodell’s writing is strongly political and anti-authoritarian. Hodell was trained as a Swedish fighter pilot and after surviving a crash, spent an extensive amount of time recovering in a hospital where he regained his health but became a staunch anti-militarist. He published a few collections of modernist poetry that were initially inspired by Swedish surrealist poet Gunnar Ekelöf through the 50’s and 60’s, he developed his poetry into readings, manifestations, and happenings. He used the language of flight controls, sounds, radar screens, secret codes and engines related to aviation.
General Bussig was originally a sound piece in Hodell’s exhibition Svisch, a travelling multimedia show that opened at Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm. Hodell’s concrete poetry got the attention of the large publishing company Rabén & Sjögren, which mainly published youth literature. General Bussig saw wider distribution than Hodell’s works published on his own Kerberos imprint. Includes full color text collages and concrete poetry.