Rika Lesser is the author of three books of poetry already published, and Questions of Love: New and Selected Poems, forthcoming from The Sheep Meadow Press in 2008. She has also published five books of poetry in translation—by Claes Andersson, Gunnar Ekelöf, Hermann Hesse, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Göran Sonnevi—as well as translations of various works of Swedish or German fiction and nonfiction. Among the many grants and awards she has received for her work are the Landon Translation Prize from the Academy of American Poets, a Fulbright Fellowship, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize (twice), and the Poetry Translation Prize of the Swedish Academy. Her new translation of Hesse’s Siddhartha: An Indic Poem was included in the Barnes & Noble Classic Series in November 2007. She teaches poetry and literary translation and resides in Brooklyn Heights, New York.
"Mozart’s Third Brain" is the title poem from Göran Sonnevi’s thirteenth book of poems, Mozarts Tredje Hjärna, published by Bonniers, Stockholm, in November 1996. The title poem consists of 144 sections marked by roman numerals and is dated 3 July 1992-12 June 1996. More than one hundred of its parts have been published in Lesser’s translation in print or electronic media.
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