Spuyten Duyvil | Poetry | 172 pages
Recently published in ten literary journals and recipient of a Pushcart.
Author Marianne Koluda Hansen (1951-2014), born on the island of Bornholm, lived most of her life in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she wrote four books of poetry and one novel. She received her teaching degree in 1979 and taught English and Danish at a school for adults for 30 years, and was also an artist.
This is a bilingual (Danish-English) edition, translated from Danish by Michael Goldman.
“The whole blooming and exasperating world is here in Hansen’s delightfully associative poems, translated from Danish by Michael Goldman with great élan. Hansen’s voice is full of wit, longing, irony (both personal and political), and tender detail about the absurdity of being human. Thrillingly, Hansen has zero interest in presenting herself as an admirable person, which makes me deeply cherish her poems, and helps me to go on being my likewise unadmirable self in this beautiful and impossible world.”
– Patrick Donnelly, poet and translator, author of The Charge, and Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin
“Hansen writes movingly about insecurity and anxiety. Her voice is a solitary one, but she taps into a most universal desire—to be accepted by those around us. At the core of the collection is the poet’s struggle to maintain an emotional balance in the face of the extreme beauty and pain of everyday life.”
– Leah Browning, Editor
Apple Valley Review: A Journal of Contemporary Literature
“With skillful irony Hansen skewers pretentiousness, including herself as a target. It is liberating to read an author who can be self-deprecating and laugh along with the reader. Then she can turn the mood on a dime, to seriousness so poignant that the laughter or smile stiffens on your face. Highly recommended.”
– Herdis Møllehave, Aktuelt