Anselm Hollo hangs his poetic hat upon the sonnet, graciously inviting us into his conversation with poets and thinkers, both here and gone, on subjects that range from environmentalism to the WTO protests, from wars waged in Kosovo and Iraq to questions of creativity and mortality.
With trademark wit, acumen, and charm, Hollo’s contribution to this multigenerational, international choir is one of the most important and enjoyable in contemporary letters.
Andrei Codrescu has said he awaits Hollo’s new poems “with more eagerness than those of any other living poet,” and Library Journal urges us not to “miss anything at all by this strong poet.”
Anselm Hollo (1934-2013) authored more than forty books and was an award-winning translator. Born in Helsinki, Finland, he was fluent in German, Swedish, Finnish and English by age ten. After a decade in England writing and broadcasting for the BBC European Services, Hollo eventually settled in the United States in 1966, where he taught at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. His collection of poems, Notes on the Possibilities and Attractions of Existence, received the San Francisco Poetry Center Award.