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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 Tranströmer. From Edith Södergran to Gunnar Ekelöf to Nobel Prize-winning Tomas Tranströmer, Sweden has long been home to a rich and luminous poetic tradition, notable for ref 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 Tranströmer. From Edith Södergran to Gunnar Ekelöf to Nobel Prize-winning Tomas Tranströmer, 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 Mörling and Jonas Ellerström. 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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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 Tranströmer. From Edith Södergran to Gunnar Ekelöf to Nobel Prize-winning Tomas Tranströmer, Sweden has long been home to a rich and luminous poetic tradition, notable for ref 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 Tranströmer. From Edith Södergran to Gunnar Ekelöf to Nobel Prize-winning Tomas Tranströmer, 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 Mörling and Jonas Ellerström. 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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  1. 5 out of 5

    Edita

    What is a poem? How do you translate poetry? Nobel Laureate and Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer once wrote: A poem is a manifestation of an invisible poem that exists beyond the conventional languages. Therefore, a translation of a poem into a new language is an opportunity to attempt to realize the original (invisible) poem. In this regard, poems are not static, final entities; rather, they are made up of possibilities and transformations and, like a person who travels, they are inevitably change What is a poem? How do you translate poetry? Nobel Laureate and Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer once wrote: A poem is a manifestation of an invisible poem that exists beyond the conventional languages. Therefore, a translation of a poem into a new language is an opportunity to attempt to realize the original (invisible) poem. In this regard, poems are not static, final entities; rather, they are made up of possibilities and transformations and, like a person who travels, they are inevitably changed by the journey. — Malena Mörling * And on late autumn nights the moon’s scythe cuts flowers, and in endless longing all flowers are waiting for the moon’s kiss. — Edith Södergran * Yes, to be one with the night, one with myself, with the flame that looks me calmly in the eye, calmly and inscrutably, one with the aspen that shivers and whispers, one with the multitude of flowers that lean out of the dark and listen to something I had on the tip of my tongue but never uttered something I did not want to reveal even if I could. — Gunnar Ekelöf * The summer grows old and everything flows together into a single melancholy whisper. Cuculus canorus returns to the tropics. Its time in Sweden is over. It wasn’t long! As a matter of fact the cuckoo is a citizen of Zaire . . . I am no longer so fond of traveling. But the journey visits me. Now that I am being pushed further into a corner, now that the annual rings widen and I need reading glasses. Always what happens is more than we can carry! There is nothing to be astonished about. These thoughts carry me just as loyally as Susi and Chuma carried Livingstone’s mummified body straight through Africa. — Tomas Tranströmer

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    The collection is beautifully translated by Malena Morling, a notable American poet in her own right. The great discovery I made was Edith Sodergran, a kind of Swedish Finnish early feminist Emily Dickinson. This line sums up much of what is so quietly powerful about her work: “It doesn’t suit me to make myself smaller than I am.” I was glad to read Transtormer and The other male poets in the collection but they tend to be too abstract and surreal for my taste.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Already familiar with Tomas Tranströmer, this collection is a taster for other Swedish poets to discover, particurlarly, for me, Edith Södergran and Werner Aspenström.

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    Bethany

    Maybe it lost some of the vividness in translation, or maybe it just wasn’t for me.

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