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Translated from the Swedish and edited by
Roger Greenwald

CONTENTS

Introduction
Author’s Prefaces

      from Flowers for James Dean (1969)

The Northwest Express
It Is Evening When You Turn Back
The Train in the Background Is the Rock Island Line
Captain Blood
We All Saw Him
The Blockade Is Broken, But to What End?
On the Way to Little Big Horn
Rebel without a Cause

      from The Eagle Has Landed (1970)

20 July 1969 – 1944
Vietnam
Rockets
Puberty
Für Janet Persson
Janet Persson noch einmal
Umbrella
I Decide to Take Up the Battle against Bonnier’s Literary Magazine

      from Search Line (1972)

The Confused Teacher of the Deaf
Search Line
Grandpa and the Little Old Ladies in Leksand
September
Europe – A Winter Journey

      from Ballads (1975)

Cape Farewell
An Evening at Home with William Blake
Lasse-Maja at Carlsten Fortress
Grandma Grandpa and the Memory of Jenny Wilkas
Danny’s Dream
The Owl
The Black Death

      Jazz Poems (from various volumes)

Buddy Bolden’s Original Jass & Ragtime Band
Davenport Blues
Bunk Johnson in New Iberia
Winter Tour

      from Back to You (1980)

Star-goalie
The National Hospital, Oslo, September 1976

      from Gaslight (1983)

Blood Poisoning
Persephone
Åkersbodarna, July 1981
Créole
History-painting

      from The Star-diver (1987)

The Star-diver
The Gate Coin
Adonais
Für Elise
Guarding the Air

      from My Winterland (1990)

Decayed
The Night Wanderer
Evergreen
Anamorphosis
The Voyage
The Flute Player / Sculpture
Like Stars Half-quenched in Mists of Silver Dew
Two of Linnaeus’s Apprentices Chasing an Admiral Butterfly
Birdsong
My Winterland

      from The Main Stage (1995)

The Figure Skater
The Palace of King Minos
Sketch (Skagen, Denmark)
The Golden Helmet
The Main Stage
The People Who Envisioned the Garden Cities
The Academy of Music
The Last Summer Holiday
Walk through Autumn’s Beauty
Estate Inventory

      from Parlor Music (2001)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Paradiso
The Doppelgangers
The Perfect City
The Birth
Larded with Sweet Flowers
In the Kingdom of Death
Pre-Raphaelite Dance
The Menagerie
Imperfect Tense
The Window Open to the River
Museum
The House Where the People in This Story Were Still Living 
The Garden of Proserpine
The Daydream
The House of Life
A Day That Wasn’t His
Rossetti Sleepless in the Park

      from The Burning Child (2003)

Moment in Tibble
The Wandering Shoemaker
Watercolors
Night in Tibble
Poem That Starts with a Line from Fats Waller
Embers
Return Visit, October
Triptych for Nils Kölare
Image after Image after Image
The Burning Child
1940
1941 (Judarn Lake)
1944 (Beckomberga)
1948
1949 (The Erica Foundation’s Institute for Child Psychology)
1951
1952
1953
1954
1956
1957 (Metamorphoses)
1958 (Miss Setterdahl’s Art School)
1962 (K4 in Umeå)
You Sleep More Deeply than the Sea
Ich weiss nicht, was soll es bedeuten
Departure
Infectious Disease Ward, Sundsvall Hospital
Tegnérgatan
Rugosa Roses
Epilogue

Notes
Index of Titles

 

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