The Star by My Head

The Star by My Head : Poets from Sweden

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Published in partnership with the Poetry Foundation, The Star By My Head is a breathtaking anthology of poems featuring eight of Sweden's most highly regarded poets, including Nobel Prize winner Tomas Transtr mer. From Edith S dergran to Gunnar Ekel f to Nobel Prize-winning Tomas Transtr mer, Sweden has long been home to a rich and luminous poetic tradition, notable for refreshing openness, striking honesty, and a rare transcendence that seems to spring from a keen attention to the natural world. With poems that span from the beginnings of Modernism to present day, The Star By My Head: Eight Swedish Poets is an essential bilingual volume that offers stark, exquisite translations by internationally acclaimed poets and translators Malena M rling and Jonas Ellerstr m. Published in partnership with the Poetry Foundation, The Star By My Head is the premiere American anthology of 20th- and 21st-century Swedish poetry in English translation.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 183 pages
  • 137 x 213 x 15mm | 295g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual
  • 157131461X
  • 9781571314611
  • 714,350

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"Any book contextualizing the sheer brilliance and intense interiority of a tradition that includes S dergran, Ekel f, and Transtr mer is bound to be an extraordinary gift, especially coming from the hands of a gifted poet and translator like Malena M rling."
--Robert Hass, National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and former Poet Laureate of the U.S. "The Star By My Head: Poets from Sweden provides an excellent introduction to the tradition of Modern lyric Swedish poets, poetry, and how their tradition has transformed, carried on, and influenced the world of poetry. This anthology will help influence an even greater English-speaking audience."--Poetry International

"This book won't just tell us something about Swedish poetry, it will help us to see ourselves in a new way."
--Ilya Kaminsky, author of Dancing in Odessa and editor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry

"This is a selection splendidly edited to highlight the history of what is Swedish about Swedish poetry, without avoiding the obvious fact that the younger poets are influenced by many other poetries, mostly American. The stark delight of luminous starlit nights and emotional landscapes makes this a compelling journey."
--Andrei Codrescu, author of So Recently Rent a World
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About Malena Morling

Ilya Kaminsky is the Director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute at the Poetry Foundation. A Russian born poet and translator, he is the author of Dancing in Odessa and co-editor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. He lives in San Diego. Malena M rling is the author of two collections of poems, Astoria and Ocean Avenue. She has received a Rona Jaffe Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Fellowship. She is on the faculty of the Low-Residency MFA program at New England College, and is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Jonas Ellerstr m is a Swedish author, translator, publisher, and critic, born in Southern Sweden, now living in Stockholm. He has published poetry and essay collections in Swedish and has translated many volumes of poetry, including the works of William Blake, Arthur Rimbaud, and T.S. Eliot.
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