A Swedish punk poet and single mum has published her first paperback book of experimental rap poetry to worldwide acclaim.
Josefin Friberg, 34, is a free-spirited multi-lingual woman carving out her life from a basement apartment in lower Gothenburg (Göteborg) – known locally as Little London.
She is a punk, rap poet, visual artist and a restorer/upcycler of furniture, a half marathon runner and a mental health survivor.
And now she is a globally published poet. Her debut book Pharmacy Pills and Poetry has been met with rave reviews.
One British reviewer described it as: “Pharmacy hits you in your eyes, where it will smart, sting and cause unexpected tears.”
Another US poetry reviewer said: “Josefin’s poetry scores where it hurts. It is both immediate and effective. The best debut book of verse I have read this year.”
Josefin’s poetry reflects her life as she surrounds herself with her love for her son and a tapestry of music from the soul and jazz of Elmore James, Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse, Etta James and Gladys Knight to reggae, punk and more contemporary rap and grunge sounds such as The Streets.
The book’s editor Nic Outterside said: “Josefin’s poetry is truly unique and embraces human emotions and experiences using a brilliant punk spirit.
“One of the most magical books I have ever edited.
“Pharmacy may take you to places you never expected to go… but once visited, you will want to return.”
Pharmacy Pills and Poetry is available via most global Amazon outlets priced at £5.99, (7.54 euros, US$8.16) or your local equivalent in your own country.