by Toon Tellegen
Illustrated by Ingrid Godon
Translated from the Dutch by David Colmer
I Wish pairs 33 poems with a gallery of portraits inspired by old-fashioned photographs, faces staring out at us with the serious, veiled expressions of a bygone time. Paintings of earnest children, solemn men and women, and persnickety babes speak through Toon Tellegen’s peculiarly affecting poetry. Like dozens of confessions poured from the page, the poems present a glittering kaleidoscope of wishes, from imagined feats of heroism to reciprocated human love.