Ulv Ulv Tommy Skoglund

Waking up as Part of Nature

Not only grief after a loved one has passed away, but also how and to what extent one should relate to grief, is the theme of this book, which contains prose poems based on the experiences of a young protagonist when the grandparents passes away. The debutant mixes beautifully mental landscapes with the landscapes of nature: “This memory shall lose all its leaves and turn to soil.”

"Aim for the moon / even if you do not hit / you always land / among the stars."

This is the poem that the narrator's little sister puts in their grandmother's coffin, and it's also how it feels to read Norwegian Tommy Skoglund's prose poems.

“Impressive. Tommy Skoglund stands out strongly with a collection of prose poems that start where life ends. With each new reading, the admiration for the author's distinctive talent increases, where the obvious and the irrational meet in concrete descriptions and paradoxical formulations...”

VG (5/6)

“Here is an unusual number of beautiful and precise sentences. In the best poems, numbness is given a sensuous expression. These are talented poems kept in a thoughtful style...”

Aftenposten

“The debutant writes picky and disciplined, sober and controlled, without resorting to big feelings...”

Bergens Tidende

“Skoglund writes reflectively, honestly and near about death and disappearance...”

Dag & Tid

“This is not a debut that forces it's way through. The better reason to read it...”

Hamar Arbeiderblad

“In this evocative poetry, questions are asked about how to displace without forgetting...”

Vårt Land

“The debutant writes precise, sensuous and unsentimental poems about the death of his grandparents...”

Bergen Public Library

Ulv Ulv Tommy Skoglund

Tommy skoglund

Ulv Ulv Tommy Skoglund (b. 1982) debuted in 2009 with the prose poem-collection Waking up as Part of Nature: “Impressive. Skoglund stands out strongly with a collection of prose poems that starts where life ends. With each new reading, the admiration for the author's distinctive talent increases, where the crystal clear and the irrational meet in concrete descriptions and paradoxical formulations” (VG, 5/6). In 2014 he debuted as a novelist with Silent Rebellion, the story of a self-chosen mute antihero, for which he was awarded a two-year-stipend from Arts Council Norway, and The Municipality Prize. In 2018 the novel was translated into Danish. In 2020, the first book of the metafictional antinovel-cycle, The Dilogy, was published.

Other titles

The Night and Day Diary IV, novel, 2022.
The Night and Day Diary III, novel, 2022.
The Dilogy II, novel, 2022.
The Night and Day Diary II, novel, 2022.
The Night and Day Diary I, novel, 2022.
The Dilogy I, novel, 2020.
Silent Rebellion, novel 2014.
Waking up as Part of Nature, prose poems, 2009.

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Edited July 09, 2022 by Antiforlaget