Congratulations to Tomas Tranströmer, who has received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature! Tranströmer’s work was introduced to American audiences by Robert Bly, whose Seventies Press published the first book-length translation of his work, Twenty Poems, in the United States in 1970 when Tranströmer was 39 years old. Our review of a much more recent volume of his work, The […]
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What Tranströmer expresses so eloquently in these lines is the idea that our lives are fleeting in relation to our history—the “cold sphinx, / empty arenas”—and even more so in relation to “Light and silent constellations. / The cold sea.” We are ultimately condemned to silence and have to make do with “the small script of the grass / and […]