NTA Longlist: Guarding the Air: Selected Poems of Gunnar Harding by Gunnar Harding translated by Roger Greenwald

Guarding the Air: Selected Poems of Gunnar Harding by Gunnar Harding, translated from the Swedish by Roger Greenwald (Black Widow Press)

978-0-9856122-7-6In his generous selection from the entire career of this important contemporary Swedish poet, Roger Greenwald makes a major contribution to English-language (and specifically American) poetry. Harding’s jazzy vernacular and its evolution through variations on a lyrical colloquialism that grows increasingly burdened with grief over the course of a lifetime are caught so convincingly in Greenwald’s versions that it’s hard to believe these poems were not composed originally in English. Their natural-sounding fluency moves, pleases and astonishes.

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