February 16, 2013

Anselm Hollo


Anselm Hollo [b. Finland/USA]
1934-2013

Born in Helsinki, Finland in 1934, Anselm Hollo lived for several years in England, where he was employed by the BBC European Services, before moving, in 1967, to the United States.

      In the US, Hollow taught a several universities and colleges, including the State University of New York in Buffalo and Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

      Hollo’s own work, although grounded in European modernism, was highly influenced by the Beat poems. Before his death in 2013, he had published over forty books of poetry, winning the San Francisco Poetry Center Award for his Poems 1965-2000.

      Hollo was also a skilled translation, translating works and gathering anthologies in both Swedish and Finnish. Among his Finnish translations were major works by poets Paavo Haavikko and Pentti Saarikoski. He won the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award for his work in that field.

      Hollo also won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fund for Poetry, and the Government of Finland’s Distinguished Foreign Translator’s Award. He also won The PIP Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative Poetry in English.

      Hollo, with his wife, artist Jane Dalrymple-Hollo, lived until his death in Boulder.

BOOKS OF POETRY

Negro Verse (London: Vista Books, 1964); & It Is a Song: Poems (Birmingham, England: Migrant Press, 1965); The Claim (London: Goliard Press, 1965); Faces & Forms (London: Ambit, 1965); Haiku. A Strange Life (London: Trigram Press, 1968); The Coherences (London:; Trigram Press, 1968); The Man in the Treetop Hat (London: Turret, 1968); America del norte & Other Peace Herb Poems (Toronto: Weed/Flower Press, 1970); Gee Apollinaire: Birth of a Poem (Iowa City: Nomad Press, 1970); Maya: Works, 1969-1969 (London: Cape Goliard, 1970); Alembic (London: Trigram Press, 1972); Some Worlds (New Rochelle, New York: Elizabeth Press, 1973); Spring Cleaning Greens: From Notebooks 1967-1973 (Bowling Green, Ohio: Doones Press, 1973); Heavy Jars (West Branch, Iowa: Toothpaste Press, 1977); Sojourner Microcosms: New & Selected Poems, 1958-1977 (Berkeley: Blue Wind Press, 1977); At the Carrying Place (Buffalo, New York: White Pine Press, 1978); Curious Data (Buffalo, New York: White Pine Press, 1978); Finite Continued (Berkeley, California: Blue Wind Press, 1980); No Coomplaints (West Branch, Iowa: Toothpaste Press, 1983); Pick Up the House: New & Selected Poems (Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 1986); Arcana Gardens (Denver: Lodo Art & Boxing Team, 1989);  Outlying Districts: Poems (Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 1990); Near Miss Haiku: Praises, Laments, Aphorisms, Reports (Chicago: Yellow Press, 1990); Corvus: Poems (Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 1995); Pebbles (Ellsworth, Maine: Backwoods Broadsides, 1998); Notes on the Possibilities and Attractions of Existence: Selected Poems, 1965-2000 (Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 2001); Guests of Space: Poems (Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 2007)

 

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