Linn Hansén

"It is hard to count all the events of history but it is easy to begin"

How did Tsar Nicholas justify the war against the Ottoman Empire?
What explains the constant increase of population?
What does the theory of the virulence of parasites imply?
Explain the term vaccination.
How great did the Arabic Empire become?
How did Nigeria gain its independence?
What did Louis Pasteur prove?
What role did trading play?
What principles were followed?
What are the origins of the Tuareg languages?
Who was the architect of peace?
In what ways did France change?
What do the colours of the Congolese flag represent?
To what did the Phoenician contribute?
And the Romans?
Explain how feudalism worked.


What is history here is the history of her she had trousers.
What is history she climbed the stairs almost to the top then went
back down that is exercise but is it history.
No one sees you from the balcony that is a fact it is not history.
Love arises that is not history it is economy.
One can look pleasant for weeks before anyone tells you to stop.

History should be able to answer questions.
Finally the troops reached France is that history no it is geography.
A soldier is a soldier in one time but a shoemaker in another.
Hopefully he is first a shoemaker then a soldier
then he is killed in action. No hopefully he is a soldier then killed
in action then makes it and becomes a shoemaker.
All countries are important just not at the same time.
France used to be important but is it important now. No.

One is always the most interesting in the beginning.
That is why one is most happy as a child.
A historical person can say to another person that this is the
beginning but when does that mean.

This is history it begins and ends with paying.
It is historical to cry over a crime.
It is historical to see something fall that has been standing for a long time.
It is historical and traumatic to see family and friends and
neighbours turn their back on you.
It is common to take a walk.
It is hard not to grow tired.
The sad thing about anything is that one never knows whether it is here to stay.
No one gets paid that is not history it is the end of history.

What is history is what is illustrated.
The historical expresses itself historically.
Here is a historical expression once upon a time.
Here is a historical scenario a child is born it learns to crawl it
gets a job it cuts its hair it faces death.
Here is an a-historical one walks and walks and walks.
Here is a prehistorical it is green then it alters then darkness falls.
Here is a hysterical all she wanted was to sleep.

This is history many have died.
This is a blacksmith she is in a smithy.
This is politics it is going to take time.
This is quality we’ll take it.
A way of being happy is to engage in outdoor life or play in an
orchestra for a shorter period of time.

One can grow up by one’s father’s side that is not history.
Perhaps one does not have a father that might be history but it is not
automatically history.

One gets through the history of philosophy and one thinks that the
history of philosophy is quite accurate.
Almost anything is possible to quote is that the quality of the quote.

It seems to be a good history but then it turns out to be a bad history.
This is the history of her she was not at work but later she was.
This is the history of the haircut it was unruly.
Many say so and it is correct.
A historical person can say to another person this is the end but when
is that.

Here it comes.
First came the flat-iron then came the shirts.
Already several hundred years ago people had too much to talk about.
There is an adventure in anything says anyone and that is correct.
To let oneself go is an activity that possibly will pay off in the long run.

After centuries of storms and taxi cabs and really congenial ways to organize.
First came the bedside lamp then came fiction.

After centuries of little bars and hockey finals.
Shortly after the history books came the war.
Once upon a time there was room for each and everyone.
One can mean almost anything is that the quality of the moment.
First came monogamy then came the synthesiser.

It is useful to be acquainted with history.
It keeps repeating itself as if we liked it.

All the study counsellors that proceeded the educational system.
First comes the adolescence then comes the Enlightenment.
First came the rain coat then came the rain.

One teaches people to be honest and straight and interesting
Lots of things are interesting to great men even past their lifetime.
It often happens that a man does something really carries out an
action and everyone understands
and thinks that that man is really carrying out an action but then
later the action is forgotten
and this happens a lot.


It is hard to regain the Catholic faith.
It is pretty hard to learn Spanish.
It is easy or at least easier to go to war.
It is hard to forget the history of Sweden between the years of 1602 and 1918.
It is easier to forget Africa during the Middle Ages.
It is easy to question the competence of anyone.
It is thrilling or at least common to hit the road.
It is tempting to adopt the thought of every time being like any other
time or of them not being alike.
It is attractive to be immortal.
It is possible to imagine a universe without comics.
It is often unclear what comes after what.
It is hard to translate from Arabic without knowing Arabic.
It is easy to be modest and peaceful.
It is easy to imagine qualities of books not yet written.
It is hard to count all the events of history but it is easy to begin.


Who was the shogun?
What inventions made it easier to use the horse?
How did social insecurity emerge?
What is to be seen in Kaba?
In what ways did the defeat against Japan affect the situation in Russia?
When did Abyssinia become Ethiopia?
Explain the success of the coin.
Who was the first emperor of Songhai?
Give an account of the most important battles during the Persian War.
How did the Bedouins support themselves?
What was the intention for Liberia?
Who were the Boers?
Who were the populists?
Why was there an increased demand for paper?
How old is agriculture?
What was so remarkable about Theodora?
Explain the concepts urbanisation colonisation and emigration.
What was the rising of the Mountain men about and who was their leader?
Give examples of means of production.
What role did journalism play?
What new states arose on the Balkan Peninsula?
Give a short account of the conquests of Alexander the Great.
What did Hellenism imply?
Explain the origin of the English word spinster.
Explain the importance of the potato.

Linn Hansén is a Swedish poet, born in Göteborg in 1983. Her first book, "Ta i trä" (Touch wood), was published in 2008, and her second book, "Gå till historien", will be launched in April 2013. She has been published by a number of Scandinavian magazines and her work is translated into Romanian, English, French, Spanish, Slovene, Ukraine and Macedonian. In addition to her own writing, she is the curator of the Göteborg Poetry Festival and works as an editor of the cultural journal and independent publishing house Glänta ( She also writes in the literary collectives Sharks and G=T=B=R=G, with whom she has, among other things, published a poetry film ("Bonjour enfance") and a book ("Ett tunt underlag"). Linn Hansén has been involved in several collaborative projects together with artists and musicians, eg the poetry and accordion show "Vem gråter för Jemma Blomhoff" (Who's crying for Jemma Blomhoff) that toured Sweden, Finland and Ukraine 2011-2012.