torsdag 4. september 2008

Wallace Stevens Award til Louise Glück

Wallace Stevens Award er en årlig litteraturpris som Academy of American Poets tildeler engelskspråklige poeter. I går ble Louise Elisabeth Glück (1943 - ) fra Long Island, New York, tildelt prisen (på $100 000,-) for ”outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry". Hun har tidligere fått Pulitzer-prisen (1993, for diktsamlingen ”The Wild Iris”) og var U.S. Poet Laureate i 2003-04.

Her er et av hennes mest kjente dikt - titteldiktet fra samlingen ”Vita Nova” som kom ut i 1999:

Vita Nova

You saved me, you should remember me.

The spring of the year; young men buying tickets for the ferryboats.
Laughter, because the air is full of apple blossoms.

When I woke up, I realized I was capable of the same feeling.

I remember sounds like that from my childhood,
laughter for no cause, simply because the world is beautiful,
something like that.

Lugano. Tables under the apple trees.
Deckhands raising and lowering the colored flags.
And by the lake’s edge, a young man throws his hat into the water;
perhaps his sweetheart has accepted him.

sounds or gestures like
a track laid down before the larger themes

and then unused, buried.

Islands in the distance. My mother
holding out a plate of little cakes—

as far as I remember, changed
in no detail, the moment
vivid, intact, having never been
exposed to light, so that I woke elated, at my age
hungry for life, utterly confident—

By the tables, patches of new grass, the pale green
pieced into the dark existing ground.

Surely spring has been returned to me, this time
not as a lover but a messenger of death, yet
it is still spring, it is still meant tenderly.


Prisen ble opprettet i 1994 til ære for den innflytelsesrike modernistiske poeten Wallace Stevens (1879 – 1955) fra Connecticut, USA. Her er et av hans mest kjente dikt:

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.

I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds.

The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.

A man and a woman
Are one.
A man and a woman and a blackbird
Are one.

I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.

Icicles filled the long window
With barbaric glass.
The shadow of the blackbird
Crossed it, to and fro.
The mood
Traced in the shadow
An indecipherable cause.

O thin men of Haddam,
Why do you imagine golden birds?
Do you not see how the blackbird
Walks around the feet
Of the women about you?

I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know.

When the blackbird flew out of sight,
It marked the edge
Of one of many circles.

At the sight of blackbirds
Flying in a green light,
Even the bawds of euphony
Would cry out sharply.

He rode over Connecticut
In a glass coach.
Once, a fear pierced him,
In that he mistook
The shadow of his equipage
For blackbirds.

The river is moving.
The blackbird must be flying.

It was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing
And it was going to snow.
The blackbird sat
In the cedar-limbs.


2 kommentarer:

Inkan sa...

Spännande - jeg har aldrig lest L.E. Glück - men Wallace Stevens och han fantastiska dikt "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" har länge hört til mine favoriter.

Nå må jeg skaffe meg en diktbok av L.E.Glück... Av de modernere amerikanske kvinnlige poetar er det Nikki Giovanni som jeg lest meget av de senere åren.

Zooey sa...

Ah, Nikki Giovanni, ja! Henne må jeg lage et stykke om i denne bloggen (så snart jeg får tid!) - hun er jo en av mine favoritter også - takk for at du minte meg på henne, Inkan!

:) Zooey