Wry and witty poems from an avant-garde great, collected in one volume for the first time.
The Collected Poems of Anselm Hollo gathers over five decades of the poet’s multifaceted work into one elegant volume. All of Hollo’s trademark humor, wisdom, and charm is on display here for students and fans of contemporary poetry. Warm, insightful, and delightfully observant, this comprehensive collection from the author of over forty books serves as a reminder that poetry isn’t just an aspiration or avocation, but a way of life.
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.
“In this posthumous trove of brief, zestful poems, Hollo . . . relates the ‘incredible onslaught of being,’ seemingly dashing off each of these frenetic, fragmented vignettes in a fit of wild gusto.” —Publishers Weekly
“Hollo’s poems are, for the most part, gentle and sweet and self-effacing, and they often display a restraint that allows the circumstances of the world to unfold naturally.” —Heavy Feather Review
“The bedrock solidness of Anselm Hollo’s poems makes as ever a place of refuge and delight in these meager times. Thank god for his humor, else we’d all be dead.” —Robert Creeley
“Don’t miss anything at all by this strong poet.” —Library Journal
“Post-hipster wit and lyricist Anselm Hollo has always had the world’s lightest touch when it comes to balancing a poem on the invisible wire between sentimental openness and ironic judgment.” —San Francisco Chronicle