Posted in A to Z Blog Challenge 2018

O is for Swedish Poet Tommy Olofsson, #AtoZChallenge #AtoA

 

Tommy Olofsson

Tommy Olofsson is an author and a literary critic as well as a Professor emeritus of Creative Writing. He made his debut as a poet in 1970 and has since published twelve collections of poetry, most recently Attack mot intigheten (2009). His poetry has been translated into a dozen languages and published in separate volumes in two languages, English and Polish. A selection of his poetry, Elemental Poems, was published 1991 in the U.S., translated by Jean E. Pearson.

 

Here is the first poem I read by him – it was first published in the book above, but I read it in This Same Sky, poems collected by Naomi Shihab Nye, one of my favourite books of poems from around the world for young people:

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The Shadow Inside Me 

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Night has driven the shadow

into my own body. It’s an inward

robe that stretches its arms

 

and legs into my limbs, whispers

like silk along my spine,

turns darker and darker until it

 

finally comes off in me as the colour

of sleep, behind whose eyelids

two black flames are flickering

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© Tommy Olofsson, Translated by Jean Pearson (First published in Elemental Poems, White Pine Press.)

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Author:

Poet and owner of Lola the alert dog *** Animal Magic, Poems on a Disappearing World *** Reaching the Stars: Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls *** The Same Inside: Poems about Empathy and Friendship *** Apes to Zebras: An A-Z of Shape Poems *** I visit schools, libraries, literary festivals, and organise poetry events. And write of course! http://www.lizbrownleepoet.com http://www.poetryroundabout.com

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