Friday, August 12, 2011

Update on "Jens Bjørneboe in English"

The Wayback Machine is in the process of reconstruction, so the link posted awhile ago no longer works. Try this:
Jens Bjørneboe in English You may have to wait a bit for it to redirect.

The site is way out of date; many of the books listed are out of print. According to Amazon, those currently in print are Amputation, Powderhouse and The Silence. I'm not sure about Moment of Freedom, but the whole trilogy is still listed in the catalog of Norvik Press in England.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Jens Bjørneboe: Ballad of Hiroshima Town

Jens Bjørneboe
Ballad of Hiroshima Town (From The Bird-Lovers)
Translated by Esther Greenleaf Mürer

It was a lovely morning
In Hiroshima town,
One summer morn in nineteen five and forty.
And the sun, how bright it shone
From a sky without a cloud,
One summer morn in nineteen five and forty.

The little girls they played
‘Neath the trees and on the grass,
And everything they did just like the big ones.
They dressed their dollies up
And they washed their dollies’ dresses
And the women sliced the bread back in the kitchen.

And there were many children
Yet lying in their beds,
For this was still an early morning hour,
And the dew lay on the meadow
In the lovely slanting sunlight
And the crowns had barely opened on the flowers.

It was a lovely morning
In Hiroshima town,
One summer morn in nineteen five and forty.
And the sun, how bright it shone
From a sky without a cloud,
That summer morn in nineteen five and forty.

Jens Bjørneboe, Samlede Dikt, 1995 ed, p 150f (Fugleelskerne, 1966)
©1977, 1995 by Gyldendal Norsk Forlag. English translation ©1997 by Esther Greenleaf Mürer

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Poetry archive: Shit Creek Review and Danse Macabre

Generally I avoid submitting to publications with "Review" in the title, expecting them to be stodgy, academic, and humorless. The Shit Creek Review, an Australian zine which is "biased towards formalism, but by no means dismissive of vers libre", is none of these things. I'm proud to have had my poem Kaleidoscope published there.

Danse Macabre, which styles itself "Nevada's first online literary magazine" and part of "the non-academic literary vanguard", has that elusive quality I look for first in a zine: quirkiness. (A rudimentary knowledge of French and German is a help in navigation.) Issue 34 includes my poems Film night and Medical students pay tribute to a cadaver donor. Scroll down to find them.

Call for submissions: Quaker Poetry Anthology

Nick McRae, a poet associated with Ohio State University, is calling for submissions for a book project to be called Gathered: The Anthology of Contemporary Quaker Poetry. There is as yet no deadline. For more information and guidelines, visit

Update on where to get my book

My poetry collection, Unglobed Fruit, is now available from two Quaker bookstores, Quakerbooks of Friends General Conference and the Pendle Hill bookstore, as well as Lulu (has downloadable version), amazon,and (for those who live in Europe)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

My poetry book is out

"Unglobed Fruit" is now available from Go here.
I've been a bit slow getting this posted, but there is a 15% discount through March 15 if you use the code IDES305. It will be available on amazon around May 1.

The book has received one review that I know of so far, from Toni Clark on Goodreads: