‘Nineteen Poems’ was the last collection Gustaf Munch-Petersen wrote before he left home to fight in the Spanish Civil War. It came after a hiatus from writing sparked, presumably, by the lack of public interest in his previous collections.
‘Nineteen Poems’ marks a shift in direction from his deep-dive into surrealism, towards sober, modernist and minimalist observation. The name itself indicates the shift. ‘Nineteen Poems’ is exactly what it claims to be: a poetry collection consisting of nineteen poems.