(From the publisher):
, the third collection of poetry by Rika Lesser, is a bridge that spans the poets and languages, family and friends she has made her life and its work. Written over two decades, many of the poems in this three-part collection predate those in her acclaimed Etruscan Things and All We Need of Hell. In this latest volume, the well-known translator of Swedish and German poetry offers readers a selection that locates, embodies, and anchors her continuing achievements.
In the first section, "Away," Lesser writes of her long relation to Sweden, her adoptive country. In the second, "The Gifts," she records her return home. The last, "About Men," displays her preoccupation with translation — of literature, of life, of "others" she finds in need of interpretation, whether they are poets like Ekelöf and Rilke, or quite generally members of the opposite sex. Growing Back, like her other collections, reveals Lesser's poetic undertaking to be a rhythmic making of forms, in which language and content kick against the limit of lines that are most often syllabically determined.
- The Amy Lowell Voluntary Exile
- Prescriptions from Sleeplessness
- Growing Back
- 536 Saratoga Avenue
- The Gifts
- Under the Roof
- 527 Cathedral Parkway
- Khalaf-al-Akhmar, the Truth-Liar
- Ein Geliebtes: The Body of the Work
- Joachim and Anna
- Of Woman Born
- The News & The Weather
- Pages Toward the Turn of the Year
- No History
- Can Zone or The Good Food Guide
Original title: Growing Back: Poems, 1972-1992
Genre: Poetry→ Verse
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