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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.

i.m. Hannes Hollo, 1959-1999

Anselm Hollo
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 in Glenwood Springs
His helmet now shall make a hive for bees
He fought the hungry ghosts here on Earth
Strong & resourceful on his best days, 
Patient kind and presente
Returning those with him to here & now
But just as we settle in with our Pepsi and popcorn
THE END rolls up   too soon   always too soon



"'What is man?' asked the King": Pippin, son of Charlemagne, 9th century C.E. "His helmet
now . . . ": George Peele, Polyhymnia.

 

From Guests of Space by Anselm Hollo. Copyright © 2007 by Anselm Hollo. Published by Coffee House Press. Used by permission of the publisher.

From Guests of Space by Anselm Hollo. Copyright © 2007 by Anselm Hollo. Published by Coffee House Press. Used by permission of the publisher.

Anselm Hollo

Anselm Hollo

Anselm Hollo is the author of more than thirty books, most recently

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Mr. K said   in times of great crudity
it is necessary   to be subtle
so please wrap around me
with awkward grace
I may have suffered some Rilke Damage
or do I just have a little trouble
with fantasy tripwires
while engrossed in the sky's lexicon
& hills like
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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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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