Letters of Blood and Other Works in English

Letters of Blood and Other Works in English Author: Göran Printz-Påhlson. Edited by Robert Archambeau
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This collection brings together for the first time select works in English by the major Swedish modernist poet and critic Göran Printz-Påhlson. It was Printz-Påhlson who introduced poetic modernism to Scandinavia, and his essays and poems delve deeply into English, American, and continental modernist traditions.

As well as Letters of Blood, the collection includes the full text of The Words of the Tribe, a major statement on modern poetics, in which Printz-Påhlson explores the significance of primitivism in Romanticism and Modernism, and the nature of metaphor and literary materialism. The collection also includes essays on style, irony, realism, and the relationship between historical drama and historical fiction, as well as studies of American poetry. Printz-Påhlson’s poetry in English continues to explore these themes by different, often surprisingly innovative, means.

Göran Printz-Påhlson will go down in history as the author of some classic poems… and one of Sweden's most learned, innovative and sharp-witted literary critics.
The Independent
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Letters of Blood and Other Works in English
Author: Printz-Påhlson, Göran
Editor: Archambeau, Robert
Publication date: November 2011
Number of pages: xxxvii + 219
Dimensions: 6.14” x 9.21” | 234mm x 156mm
BIC subject codes: DCF (poetry), DSA (literary theory), 1DNS (Sweden)
ISBN Paperback: 978-1-906924-56-0
ISBN Hardback: 978-1-906924-57-7
ISBN Digital (PDF): 978-1-906924-58-4
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 978-1-906924-59-1
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 978-1-906924-60-7
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0017


Elinor Shaffer

Inbetween: Locating Göran Printz-Påhlson
Robert Archambeau

'The Overall Wandering of Mirroring Mind': Some Notes on Göran Printz-Påhlson
Lars-Håkan Svensson

The Words of the Tribe: Primitivism, Reductionism, and Materialism in Modern Poetics
Part One: Linguistic Primitivism in Modernism and Romanticism
Part Two: Linguistic Reductionism in Poetry Criticism
Part Three: The Material Word: From Imagism to New Criticism to Intertextualism
Part Four: The Polity of Metaphor and the Purity of Diction

Other Prose
Part Five: Style, Irony, Metaphor and Meaning
Part Six: Realism as Negation
Part Seven: Historical Drama and Historical Fiction: The Example of Stindberg
Part Eight: The Canon of Literary Modernism: A Note on Abstraction in the Poetry of Erik Lindegren
Part Nine: The Tradition of Contemporary Swedish Poetry
Part Ten: Kierkegaard the Poet
Part Eleven: Surface and Accident: John Ashbery
Part Twelve: The Voyages of John Matthias

Letters of Blood: Poems

My Interview with I.A. Richards
The Longest-Running Show on Television
The Enormous Comics
Poem Unnamed

Aelius Lamia: Tanka for Robert Hass
Turing Machine
Two Prose Poems
Sir Charles Babbage Returns to Trinity College
Man-Made Monster Surreptitiously Regarding Idyllic Scene
Joe Hill in Prison
Remember the Rosenbergs
When Beaumont and Tocqueville First Visited Sing-Sing
Three Baroque Arias from Gradiva

Acrobats on the Radio
To John at Summer Solstice, Before His Return


The Green-Ey’d Monster

Select Bibliography of Works by Göran Printz-Påhlson
A Note on the Text

Robert Archambeau is a poet and critic whose books include the study Laureates and Heretics: Six Careers in American Poetry (University of Notre Dame Press) and the poetry collection Home and Variations (Salt Publishing). He has edited several books, including Word Play Place: Essays on the Poetry of John Matthias (Ohio University Press) and The &Now Awards: The Best Innovative Writing (&NOW Books).
His writing has appearing in Poetry, Boston Review, PN Review, Pleiades, Chicago Review, and many other journals, and he has received grants and awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Swedish Academy, and other organizations. He has taught at Lund University in Sweden, and is Professor of English at Lake Forest College, Illinois.
"It seems to me that people (like me) know very little about Scandinavian modernism, but this volume of writings by the Swedish poet, translator, and critic Göran Printz-Påhlson may help to improve matters."
— Notre Dame Review, Summer/Fall 2012