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Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-57131-461-1
Pages: 208
Publish Date: January 2014
Genre: Poetry

The Star By My Head

Poets from Sweden

BY Malena Morling, Jonas Ellerstrom

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: Poets from Sweden 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.



  • Want to read more Swedish poetry? Check out this Suggested Further Reading list compiled by Jonas Ellerström.

  • Hear Malena Mörling read (in both English and Swedish) from the collection and describe her process in putting the book together, and hear her speak at the American Swedish Institute about translating poetry, working with a partner, and just what is so “Swedish” about Swedish poetry all in this post.

Editorial ReviewGoodreads Review

"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

"Any book contextualizing the sheer brilliance and intense interiority of a tradition that includes Södergran, Ekelöf, and Tranströmer is bound to be an extraordinary gift, especially coming from the hands of a gifted poet and translator like Malena Mörling."

—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."

—Kevin Dublin, Poetry International


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Malena Morling

Malena Morling was born in Stockholm, Sweden. She is the author of two books of poetry, most recently, Astoria (University of Pittsburgh Press).

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