Anselm Hollo

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Anselm Paul Alexis Hollo (April 12, 1934 – January 29, 2013) was a Finnish poet and translator. He lived in the United States from 1967 until his death in January 2013.[1]

Hollo published more than forty titles of poetry in the UK and in the US, with a style strongly influenced by the American beat poets.

Career[edit]

Anselm Hollo 'Why there is a Cat Curfew in my House".
Anselm Hollo, photo by Gloria Graham during the video taping of Add-Verse, 2005

In the 1960s Hollo lived in London and worked at the Finnish section of BBC World Service. One of his tasks there was to write radio dramas in Finnish, together with another Finnish poet, Matti Rossi. The music to their productions was written by Erkki Toivanen.[2]

Around this time he was also beginning to make a name for himself as a poet in the English language. In 1965, Hollo performed at the "underground" International Poetry Incarnation, London. Also in the same year, the first customer of the Indica Bookshop, a certain Paul McCartney, is known to have bought, among other things, the book And It’s A Song by Anselm Hollo the day before the bookshop was officially opened.[3]

In 2001, poets and critics associated with the SUNY Buffalo POETICS list elected Hollo to the honorary position of "anti-laureate", in protest at the appointment of Billy Collins to the position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.

Hollo translated poetry and belles-lettres from Finnish, German, Swedish and French into English. He was one of the early translators of Allen Ginsberg into German and Finnish.

Hollo taught creative writing in eighteen different institutions of higher learning, including SUNY Buffalo, the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since 1985, he taught in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, where he held the rank of Full Professor.[4]

Several of his poems have been set into music by pianist and composer Frank Carlberg. Poets Ted Berrigan and Alice Notley named their son Anselm Berrigan after Hollo.

Hollo became ill during the summer of 2012, and had brain surgery. Hollo died from post operative pneumonia on January 29, 2013 at the age of 78.

Personal life[edit]

Paavo Anselm Aleksis Hollo was born in Helsinki, Finland. His father, Juho Aukusti Hollo[5] (1885–1967) — who liked to be known as "J. A." Hollo — was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Helsinki, an essayist, and a major translator of literature into Finnish. His mother was Iris Antonina Anna Walden, a music teacher and daughter of organic chemist Paul Walden. He lived for eight years in the United Kingdom producing three children: Hannes, Kaarina, and Tamsin, with his first wife, poet Josephine Clare. He was a permanent resident in the United States from the late 1960s until his death. At the time of his death, he resided in Boulder, Colorado with his second wife, artist Jane Dalrymple-Hollo.

Awards[edit]

  • 2004 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award.
  • 2001 best book of poems Award by the San Francisco Poetry Center, for Notes on the Possibilities and Attractions of Existence: New and Selected Poems 1965–2000.
  • 1996 Government of Finland's Distinguished Foreign Translator's Award
  • 1996 Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry 1995-1996 [6]
  • 1979 NEA and Poets Foundation fellowships

Selected publications[edit]

Anthologies[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Editor (1 February 2013). "In memoriam Anselm Hollo 1934–2013". Books From Finland. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Östling, Tom (9 May 2013). "Yks tavallinen Toivanen" [‘A Certain Ordinary Toivanen’]. YLE. Retrieved 2013-05-09. 
  3. ^ Miles, Barry (1997). Many Years from Now. London: Secker & Warburg. p. 225. ISBN 0-436-28022-1. 
  4. ^ Anselm Hollo- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More
  5. ^ www.kirjasto.sci.fi Biography of his father, accessed May 13, 2008
  6. ^ http://www.cyberpoems.com/abtans-h.html

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