The Half-Finished Heaven by Tomas Transtromer
The Best Poems of Tomas Transtromer

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From the Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature The contemporary Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer is a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature and has a prestigious worldwide reputation. Robert Bly, a longtime friend and confidant of Tranströmer's, as well as one of his first translators, has carefully chosen and translated the finest of Tranströmer's poems to create this cherished and invaluable collection.


Introduction: "Upward into the Depths" by Robert Bly

17 Poems (1954)
Secrets on the Road (1958)
The Half-Finished Heaven (1962)

The Man Awakened by a Song above His Roof
After the Attack
Balakirev's Dream (1905)
The Couple
The Tree and the Sky
A Winter Night
Dark Shape Swimming
The Half-Finished Heaven

Resonance and Footprints (1966)
Night Vision (1970)

Open and Closed Space
From an African Diary
Morning Bird Songs
Summer Grass
About History
After a Death
Under Pressure
Slow Music
Out in the Open
Breathing Space July
The Open Window
The Bookcase
Going with the Current
Night Duty
A Few Moments
The Name
Standing Up

Pathways (1973)
Truth Barriers (1978)

The Scattered Congregation
Snow-Melting Time, '66
Further In
Late May
December Evening, '72
Seeing through the Ground
Guard Duty
Along the Lines (Far North)
At Funchal (Island of Madeira)
Calling Home
For Mats and Laila
After a Long Dry Spell
A Place in the Woods
Street Crossing
Below Freezing
Start of a Late Autumn Novel
From the Winter of 1947
The Clearing

The Wild Market Square (1983)
For the Living and the Dead (1989)
Grief Gondola (1996)

From March '79
Fire Script
Black Postcards
Romanesque Arches
The Forgotten Commander
The Cuckoo
The Kingdom of Uncertainty
Three Stanzas
Two Cities
Island Life, 1860
April and Silence
Grief Gondola #2

About Tomas Transtromer

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Tomas Tranströmer was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1931, and spent his career as a psychologist. The author of a dozen books of poetry, Tranströmer is the most renowned Scandinavian poet since World War II. His poetry has been translated into more than fifty languages. In 2011, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature "because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality." He has received numerous other honors, including the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the Bonnier Award for Poetry, Germany's Petrach Prize, the Bellman Prize, the Swedish Academy's Nordic Prize, the August Prize, and a Special Lifetime Recognition Award from the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry. He lives in Stockholm.Robert Bly was born in 1926 in Minnesota. He is a poet, essayist, cultural critic, and translator. He is the author of more than thirty works of poetry, including Eating the Honey of Words: New and Selected Poems and The Light around the Body, which received the National Book Award. As the editor of the influential publications The Fifties and The Sixties, Bly introduced many American readers to important international poets, including Pablo Neruda, Tomas Tranströmer, Cesar Vallejo, and others. Bly lives in Minneapolis.
Published October 1, 2001 by Graywolf Press. 122 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In ''Out in the Open,'' he writes, ''The people who run death's errands for him don't shy from daylight.'' And in a prose poem titled ''The Clearing,'' he notes ruefully: ''The oral tradition is dead, and with it the memories.

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Here are the dream and nightmare images that influenced U.S. poetry in the '60s, where ""Moths settle down on the pane:/ small pale telegrams from the world."" Here, too, are the brief, haunting works of more recent years: ""I am carried inside/ my own shadow like a violin/ in its black case...

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