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Anselm Hollo

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Anselm Hollo

Anselm Hollo was born on April 12, 1934 in Helsinki, Finland. He wrote more than thirty books, including the essay collection Caws & Causeries and Notes on the Possibilities and Attractions of Existence: New and Selected Poems 1965-2000, which received the San Francisco Poetry Center's Book Award for 2001.

His work has been widely anthologized and translated into Finnish, French, German, Swedish, and Hungarian. His translation of Pentii Saarikoski's Trilogy received the 2004 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets. He was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, two grants from The Fund for Poetry, and the Government of Finland's Distinguished Foreign Translator's Award.

A native of Helsinki, Finland, he lived in the United States since 1967, teaching poetics and translation at colleges and universities. He was a Professor of Writing and Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where he lived with his wife, visual artist Jane Dalrymple-Hollo.

Anselm Hollo died on January 29, 2013, at the age of 78.

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the wind    let loose in the dark
and the lights of the city    moving

the city is a great dragon    it is a procession
         it is on the move

but the curtains are drawn
the music unheard

see    men and women    preparing themselves
for the long journey

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Fought the hungry ghosts here on Earth
"What is man?" asked the King 
Alcuin’s reply: "A guest of space."   And time yes time:
The past lies before us, the future comes up from behind
Walking on Primrose Hill or Isle of Wight beaches
Iowa City streets scrambling up snow-covered deer track
To Doc Holliday’s grave
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follow that airplane
of course I'm high   this is
an emergency

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giant Scots terrier
I thought I saw was known as
Taxicab Mountain

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brown photo   legend
"serene enjoyment" they suck
pipes bones crumbled back

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night train whistles   stars
over a nation under
mad temporal czars

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round lumps of cells