Four months before her death, Swenson wrote: Obviously the person in this poem is not a bikini wearing beach bum. She taught and served as poet-in-residence at many institutions in both the United States and Canada, and she held fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.
It is amusing since it is an oxymoron smart-jack ass and the implication that any old horse or camel would be fine but only a smart donkey will do for her travels. Swenson also writes that she has no need for car, boat, or air travel which would indicate that she feels time is not of the essence.
On a deeper level, the imagery speaks to the soul, that of a restless soul, driven to move and not form attachments to any given place. She left New Directions Press inhaving decided to devote herself fully to her own writing. Influenced early on by Edgar Allan Poeshe kept journals as a young girl, in which she wrote in multiple genres.
This ambition involves a paradox: Let friend be not stronger or weaker than me. Inshe moved to Sea Cliff, New York.
Because all is movement—all is breathing change. She spent another year in Utah working as a reporter, but in she relocated to New York, where she remained for most of her adult life.
She moved to New York City in the s and in she began working at New Directions Press, the modernist publishing house founded by James Laughlin.
Never needed a nest, unless for the night nice alliterationor when winter overtook me. As a translator, she published Windows and Stones: During her prolific career, Swenson received numerous literary awards and nominations for her poetry.
Further collections, including The Love PoemsNature: Youth, naivety, reliance on instinct more than learning and method, a sense of freedom and play, even trust in randomness, is necessary to the making of a poem. In New York City, she held various positions—including working as a stenographer, a ghostwriter, a secretary, and a manuscript reader—while writing and publishing her poetry.
She died in Oceanview, Delaware, on December 4,and is buried in the city where she was born. Swenson was a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from Often her way is to define things, but the definitions have a stealthy trend; what she chooses and the way she progresses heap upon the reader a consistent, incremental effect.
She is also the author of three collections of poems for younger readers, including Poems to SolveMore Poems to Solveand Spell Coloring Bookand a one-act play titled The Floor, which was produced in New York in the s.
Her work often appears to be proceeding calmly, just descriptive and accurate; but then suddenly it opens into something that looms beyond the material, something that impends and implies… So graceful is the progression in her poems that they launch confidently into any form, carrying through it to easy, apt variations.The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor: 'Stripping and Putting On' by May Swenson, and the literary and historical notes for Sunday, April 25, May Swenson.
All Work. Memory. Stripping and Putting On. By May Swenson. Poems. The New Yorker may earn a portion of sales from products and services that are purchased through links on. Poems by May Swenson.
May Swenson was born in Logan, Utah, on May 28, She attended Utah State University, Logan, and received a bachelor's degree in She taught poetry at Bryn Mawr, the University of North Carol. Women Or they. May Swenson was born in Logan, Utah to Swedish immigrant parents—English was Swenson’s second language, and she grew up speaking Swedish at home.
Although theme and subject may be used interchangeably, the theme is truly what the poem says about the subject. Theme, says Kenny Tenamura of Purdue Online Writing Lab, is “the ‘meaning’ of a story.” The general subject of May Swenson’s poem “Women” is obvious from the title.
The poem’s theme, that women are objects. May Swenson was born Anna Thilda May Swenson on May 28,in Logan, Utah. Her parents were Swedish immigrants, and her father was a professor of mechanical engineering at Utah State University.
English was her second language, her family having spoken mostly Swedish in their home.Download