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. Scattered among the paintings are young children, men and women, and babies – each of them speak through Toon Tellegen’s yearning poems. 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, and a machine to tell us when all memory of our selves have left the earth.