The Star By My Head Poets from Sweden

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  • Edition: Bilingual
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  • Copyright: 1/14/2014
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions
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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 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.

Author Biography

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 Mörling was born in Stockholm, Sweden. She is the author of two books of poetry, most recently, Astoria. She has received a Rona Jaffe Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Fellowship. She is a research associate the the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, Assistant Professor of creative writing at The University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and on the M.F.A. Faculty at New England College. She lives in Santa Fe, NM. Jonas Ellerström 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 work of of William Blake, Aurthur Rimbaud, and T.S. Eliot.

Table of Contents


Edith Södergran (1892–1923)

Gunnar Ekelöf (1907–1968)

Werner Aspenström (1918–1997)

Tomas Tranströmer (1931–)

Tua Forsström (1947–)

Kristina Lugn (1948–)

Marie Lundquist (1950–)

Bruno K. Öijer (1951–)

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