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Thomas Boberg was born in Roskilde, Denmark in 1960. For much of Boberg’s life he has enjoyed traveling. As a high school exchange student in 1977–1978, he lived in Aberdeen, South Dakota, an experience he describes in his book Americas. He also worked on aWisconsin farm when he as 21 years old.

After finishing high school in Denmark, he traveled to Southern Europe, North Africa (Egypt and Sudan) and India. In 1986 he moved to Barcelona for four years, where he met his wife Patricia, a filmmaker. Their son, Mateo, was born in Copenhagen in 1990. But the family soon moved on to Lima, Peru, where they lived for twelve years and where they still have an apartment. Boberg started writing poetry when he was 19, publishing his first book, Hvasende pa mit ojekast (The Hissing of My Glance), in 1984. Since then, he has published ten new books of poetry; his selected poems, Digte pa vejen—et udvalg (Poems on the Road—A Selection) appeared in 2004. Boberg also writes prose works, which he views as the “other side of the coin,” so to speak. Besides Americas, he has written travel journals and diaries such as Solvtraden (The Silverthread) and a travel diary following the journeys of Ernesto Che Guevara, and, most recently, Invitation til at rejse (An Invitation to Travel).

As well as embedding his poems in the several locations of his travels, Boberg has an eye for the surreal and ultra-real in his poetry. He is particularly fond of classic writers such as Fernando Pessoa, Cesar Vallejo, Franz Kakfa, and modern Scandinavian authors such as Gunnar Ekelof [see PIP, volume 1], Edith Sodergran [PIP, volume 2], Karen Blixen, and Hans Christian Andersen. In 2000, Boberg was nominated for the Nordic Literary Prize. Quoting from Boberg’s poetry, critic Carsten Jensen has written: “’Nothing is possible here where I am / but nothing is impossible either.’ Let Thomas Boberg’s words stand as [my] conclusion... of a poet who has the rare ability to burst apart the provincialism of Danish poetry and straddle the continents.”

Books of poetry: Hvasende pa mit ojekast (Copenhagen: Glydendal, 1984); Ud af mit liv (Copenhagen: Glydendal, 1985); Hvid glod (Copenhagen: Glydendal, 1986); Slaggedyret (Copenhagen: Glydendal, 1987); Vor tids historie (Copenhagen: Glydendal, 1989); Digte 1990 (Copenhagen: Glydendal, 1990); Marionetdromme (Copenhagen: Glydendal, 1991); Vandbarere (Copenhagen: Lindhardt & Ringhof, 1993); Pelikanens flught (Copenhagen: Lindhardt & Ringhof, 1993); I firserne (Copenhagen: Lindhart & Ringhof, 1996); Under hundestjernen (Copenhagen: Lindhart & Ringhof, 1997); En staende aftale (Copenhagen: Lindhart & Ringhof, 2002); Dighte pa vejen—et udvalg (Copenhagen: Lindhardt & Ringhof, 2004)

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