May Swenson (May 28, 1913 – December 4, 1989 / Utah)
Anna Thilda May "May" Swenson (May 28, 1913 in Logan, Utah – December 4, 1989 in Bethany Beach, Delaware) was an American poet and playwright. She is considered one of the most important and original poets of the 20th century, as often hailed by the noted critic Harold Bloom.
The first child of Margaret and Dan Arthur Swenson, she grew up as the eldest of 10 children in a Mormon household where Swedish was spoken regularly and English was a second language. Much of her later poetry works were devoted to children (e.g. the collection Iconographs, 1970). She also translated the work of contemporary Swedish poets, including the selected poems of Tomas Tranströmer.
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''Body my houseMay Swenson (1919-1995), U.S. poet. Question (l. 1-4). . . New Poets of England and America. Donald Hall, Robert Pack, and Louis Simpson, eds. (19...
my horse my hound
what will I do
when you are fallen''
''I was the horse and the rider,May Swenson (1919-1995), U.S. poet. The Centaur (l. 38-40). . . No More Masks! an Anthology of Poems by Women. Florence Howe and Ellen Bass, eds. ...
and the leather I slapped to his rump
spanked my own behind.''
''quiet, negligent riding,May Swenson (1919-1995), U.S. poet. The Centaur (l. 46-48). . . No More Masks! an Anthology of Poems by Women. Florence Howe and Ellen Bass, eds. ...
my toes standing the stirrups,
my thighs hugging his ribs.''
''Go tie back your hair, said my mother,May Swenson (1919-1995), U.S. poet. The Centaur (l. 61-64). . . No More Masks! an Anthology of Poems by Women. Florence Howe and Ellen Bass, eds. ...
and Why is your mouth all green?
Rob Roy, he pulled some clover
as we crossed the field, I told her.''