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Eleven Degrees North by Jan G. Otterstrom F.

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Eleven Degrees North by Jan G. Otterstrom F.



In this timeless poetic diary, Otterstrom's poems fit the words of French philosopher Maurice Blanchot "The poem is exile, and the poet who belongs to it belongs to the dissatisfaction of exile.

He is lost to himself, outside far from home; he belongs to the foreign to the outside which knows no intimacy or limit and to the separation which Holderlin names when in his madness, he sees rhythm's infinite space" The poems find man as an integral part of Nature, always with interesting insights into the sciences and mathematics as he writes within the rich organic world of Costa Rica or a recent visit to California and Utah. His daily observations bring us in touch with ourselves and a foreign part of this planet. Otterstrom translates a few of his poems into Spanish or French, as he feels moved to do.

Jan's book of life along the Golden Mean of our planet, which corresponds to the site of Costa Rica "Eleven Degrees North" of the Equator is a refreshing and challenging group of poems. It is almost a daily capsule of thoughts, emotions, philosophical queries and psychological delving of an active and observing mind. These poems are compact and never waste or use words redundantly.

Poems to mull over and, to your surprise, open new avenues within your mind. Otterstrom is the author of numerous prior books of poetry that are finding a wider and wider reading public from England, Canada, Australia, United States to South America where a number of his books are in Spanish editions. In 1967 he won the BYU English Department's coveted Hart-Larson Poetry Award.
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