“Famous in Europe. unknown here. lnger Christensen is a formalist who makes her own rules, then turns the game around with another rule, Her alphabet, a poet's encyclopedia of natural history and its destroyers, is sung at the speed of a May Day dance in a topsy-turvy take on Old Norse alliteration that has been exuberantly reinvented by the translator Susanna Nied.”
New Directions was founded in 1936, when James Laughlin (1914 - 1997), then a twenty-two-year-old Harvard sophomore, issued the first of the New Directions anthologies. "I asked Ezra Pound for 'career advice,'" James Laughlin recalled. "He had been seeing my poems for months and had ruled them hopeless. He urged me to finish Harvard and then do 'something' useful."