The Star by My Head

The Star by My Head
The Star by My Head (back cover)

The Star by My Head

Poets from Sweden
"An extraordinary gift." —ROBERT HASS
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Published in partnership with the Poetry Foundation, this breathtaking anthology features eight of Sweden’s most highly regarded poets.

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 often springs from a keen attention to the natural world. In the poems of The Star by My Head, which begin in the early twentieth century and come up to the present day, pinecones cluster out of reach and lilacs attempt their tentative rebirth each year. A bee makes a face like a newborn’s. A name etched in vapor on a windowpane, and its erasure, brings happiness.

 With exquisite translations by internationally acclaimed poets and translators Malena Mörling and Jonas Ellerström offered alongside the Swedish originals, The Star by My Head is an essential bilingual volume and the premiere American anthology of its kind.

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5.5 × 8.5 × 0.56 in
10 oz
Malena Mörling

Malena Mörling is the author of two collections of poems, Ocean Avenue and Astoria. One of Tomas Tranströmer’s best translators into English, she is co-translator of The Star By My Head: Poets from Sweden. 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.

Jonas Ellerström

Jonas Ellerström is one of the most distinguished independent publishers in Sweden today. A writer and critic, he is also an acclaimed translator of authors such as William Blake, Arthur Rimbaud, and T.S. Eliot. With Malena Mörling, he is co-translator of The Star By My Head: Poets from Sweden.

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