Paperback / softback
October 1, 1997
8.75 Inches (US)
5.75 Inches (US)
.35 Pounds (US)
$17.99 USD
v2.1 Reference

Growing Back

Poems 1972-1992

Growing Back, Rika Lesser's third collection of poetry, is a bridge that spans the poets and languages, family and friends she has made her life and its work. Written over two decades, many of the poems in this three-part collection predate those found in her acclaimed Etruscan Things and All We Need of Hell. In this latest volume, the well-known translator of Swedish and German poetry offers readers a selection that locates, embodies, and anchors the continuing achievements of her poetic work.

In the first section, "Away," Lesser writes of her long relation to Sweden, her adoptive country. In the second, "The Gifts," she records her return home. The last, "About Men," displays her preoccupation with translation—of literature, of life, of "others" she finds in need of interpretation, whether they are poets like Ekelöf and Rilke, or quite generally members of the opposite sex. Growing Back, like her other collections, reveals Lesser's poetic undertaking to be a rhythmic making of forms, in which language and content kick against the limit of lines that are most often syllabically determined.

About the Author

Rika Lesser is widely known for her prize-winning translations of poetry: Guide to the Underworld by Gunnar Ekelöf, Rilke: Between Roots, and A Child Is Not a Knife: Selected Poems of Göran Sonnevi. What Became Words is her selection of poems by Claes Andersson, Finland's minister of culture. A native of Brooklyn and an alumna of Yale and Columbia Universities, she lives within walking distance of the Brooklyn Bridge.


"In the poems of Growing Back, Rika Lesser finds herself creating a personal and literary archaeology. Steely-eyed and soft-hearted, Lesser makes her back to her esthetic and emotional origins, then grows up through them in this unusual book spanning twenty years of musing, grousing, focusing, veering, and transcending."—Molly Peacock

9781570032332 : growing-back-lesser
Paperback / softback
86 Pages
$17.99 USD

Other Titles from The James Dickey Contemporary Poetry Series

Drowned Lands

Paul Kane
Dec 2000 - University of South Carolina Press
$17.99 USD - Paperback / softback

Without a Witness

Stella Johnson
Dec 2000 - University of South Carolina Press
$16.99 USD - Paperback / softback

From the Bones Out

Marisa De Los Santos
Apr 2000 - University of South Carolina Press
$17.99 USD - Paperback / softback

Other Titles in POETRY / American / General

We Know This Place

Sunni Patterson
Nov 2021 - University of New Orleans Press
$18.95 USD - Paperback / softback

The Girl Singer

Marianne Worthington
Nov 2021 - Fireside Industries, an imprint of University Press of Kentucky
$29.95 USD - Hardback
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$19.95 USD - Electronic book text

Be Brave to Things

Jack Spicer, edited by Daniel Katz
Oct 2021 - Wesleyan University Press
$35.00 USD - Hardback