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Tomas Tranströmer

I looked at the sky and at the earth and straight ahead and since then I’ve been writing a long letter to the dead on a typewriter with no ribbon just a horizon line so the words knock in vain and nothing sticks. —  Tomas Tranströmer, from “Baltics,” The Great Enigma: New Collected Poems, translated… Continue reading Tomas Tranströmer

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Classic · Collection · Contemporary · Excerpt · Fragment · Poetry · Scandinavian Literature · Swiss Culture

Tomas Tranströmer

Overhead the stars flash desperately, switched on and off by racing clouds which, only when they veil the light, reveal their presence, like those clouds of the past that wander through the soul. —Tomas Tranströmer, from “Epilogue,” Windows and Stones: Selected Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1972)

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